ASAPbio crowd preprint review 2.0 – highlights from our 2022 activities to collaboratively develop public preprint reviews

Last year we ran a trial where we experimented with translating the crowd review model pioneered by the journal Synlett to preprints, and we coordinated activities to develop public reviews on cell biology preprints. The activities resulted in sign up by over 100 researchers, and in 14 public preprint reviews developed through comments contributed by…

The ASAPbio Fellows program: an interview with 2022 Fellow Ruchika Bajaj

ASAPbio wants to support community members who want to learn more about preprints and share information and resources about preprints with their own communities. To empower our community members to be preprint advocates, we started a Fellows program in 2020, a dedicated set of activities around preprints that allows participants to learn more about preprints,…

Why do journals engage with preprints? We talked to editors and this is what they told us

Post by ASAPbio Fellow Kasturi Mahadik Throughout the year, groups of researchers, librarians, and other scholars are not only learning more about preprints but also unearthing various outlooks towards preprints through the ASAPbio Fellows program. As part of our activities in the program, some of us are interested in discovering the various perspectives that journal…

Want to drive conversations about preprints in your own language? Reuse & translate preprint resources

ASAPbio aims to provide researchers with information and resources that can help them make productive use of preprints. Our Preprint Resource Center hosts materials such as videos, the Preprint FAQ and a wonderful set of preprint infographics developed by ASAPbio Fellows, which you can find at asapbio.org/preprint-info#infographics. We want to ensure that communities with different…

‘Preprints and open science’ workshop – Raising awareness about preprints in Sudan

Post by Ehssan Moglad On July 19, the Medicinal and Aromatics and Traditional Medicine Research Institute, National Center for Research, in Khartoum (Sudan), hosted a workshop about preprints and open science. The event was sponsored by ASAPbio and aimed to raise awareness around preprints among the local community of researchers, help them build skills about…

How to promote equity in the visibility, curation and evaluation of preprints? – Key takeaways from the ASAPbio Community Call

Post by Anna Drangowska-Way Whether a preprint will get noticed depends on many factors. Ideally, the quality or the relevance of its scientific findings will be of primary importance, but this is not always the case.  There are many disparities in how preprints (and science in general) get attention. One of the most obvious of…

Supporting public preprint review through collaborative reviews – an update on ASAPbio’s crowd preprint review

At ASAPbio we believe that there are many benefits to public preprint feedback: comments that can help authors improve their work, opportunities for early career researchers to develop review skills, and further context for non-specialized readers, among others. Since last year, we have been supporting this important activity by coordinating public reviews on preprints developed…

Welcoming four new members to the ASAPbio Board of Directors

We’re thrilled to announce four new members of the ASAPbio Board of Directors: Gautam Dey, Carole Lee, Kleber Neves and Ludo Waltman. These appointments allow the Board to incorporate new perspectives from researchers in a wide range of disciplines including meta-research and also broaden the geographical representation in our Board.  Gautam Dey  orcid.org/0000-0003-1416-6223 Gautam is…

Become a crowd preprint reviewer and support public feedback on preprints

Following our successful trial last year, we are thrilled to announce that ASAPbio will pursue crowd preprint review activities in 2022. Join us in supporting public feedback on preprints by becoming a crowd preprint reviewer! We are expanding the activities to include different disciplines. In addition, we are delighted to collaborate with SciELO Preprints to…

Survey: how early would you preprint and what feedback would you like?

During the pandemic, research communication and progress has accelerated through the massively increased posting of preprints. The increased use of preprints is a positive development, however, most preprints still take the form of traditional research papers posted shortly before or in parallel to their submission to a journal. As a result, preprints generally appear 4…

Preprint highlight: “A Guide to Preprinting for Early Career Researchers”

Post by Cassandra Ettinger and Madhumala Sadanandappa The ASAPbio Fellows program offered by ASAPbio is an excellent opportunity for graduate students, postdocs, and information professionals to learn and become engaged with preprints. Through the 2021 Fellows program, we interacted with researchers across different career stages from various countries and learned about their experience and familiarity…