Community feedback on preprints makes rapid science more robust. Review and commentary can help authors improve their articles; curation can provide readers with helpful context and enhance discoverability. But despite the benefits, barriers to reviewing and curating preprints remain. Potential reviewers and curators see few incentives to organize and comment on preprints, and reviews can be difficult to find, both at the level of an individual preprint and across the ecosystem.
How do we encourage existing peer reviewers and the broader community to participate in review and curation? How do we promote review of work beyond well-known authors and institutions? How do we convince the community to devote more of their effort towards preprint review? How do we reward evaluation of preprints?
Such questions have become even more urgent as the use of preprints grows exponentially amid the COVID-19 crisis. During this critical moment, we want to encourage thoughtful community engagement with preprints, including review and curation.
To increase exposure for new and existing ideas for encouraging preprint curation and review, we’re holding an online design sprint in collaboration with Wellcome, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, DORA, EMBO Press, PLOS, and eLife.
At the November 13 kickoff, participants will collaboratively propose, critique, and develop potential interventions. Project leads will then develop their ideas and present to judges on December 3, who will award recognition to the most promising projects.
Find out more, submit your project, and register to attend at the event page.