Projects encouraging feedback on preprints

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…

Logos of participants in the ASAPbio preprint reviewer recruitment network

Preprint reviews & comments enabled journals to find dozens of new reviewers & editors

In our 6-month trial of the Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network, participating journals made 124 total additions to their reviewer databases; they also extended 28 invitations to review and 62 invitations to advisory or editorial boards. We plan to extend the program into a second phase. Many early-career researchers want to get involved with journal peer…

PREreview Logo

Partnering with PREreview to host a live preprint journal club

ASAPbio’s Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network aims to help researchers, especially ECRs, break into reviewing or editing roles by sharing their comments and reviews of preprints as examples of their work.  Comments and feedback to preprints can occur in many forms. We are partnering with PREreview to host a live-streamed preprint journal club, an opportunity for…

‘How to peer review’ workshops for the Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network

ASAPbio’s Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network aims to help researchers, especially ECRs, break into reviewing or editing roles by sharing their comments and reviews of preprints as examples of their work. We recognize that people have diverse backgrounds and prior experiences in peer review. To assist researchers in the Network in developing their expertise with writing…

Tackling information overload: identifying relevant preprints and reviewers

The growth of preprints in the life sciences has amplified earlier concerns about the challenges of keeping abreast of the latest research findings. Researchers need to keep up to date not only with the most recent publications in journals but also with the latest scholarly work posted on preprint servers. Three quarters of the respondents…

Considering campaigns to post journal reviews on preprints

As part of the July 21, 2021 FeedbackASAP meeting, Ludo Waltman (CWTS, Leiden University), James Fraser (UCSF), Cooper Smout (Free Our Knowledge) organized a breakout session entitled “Posting journal reviews on preprints” to identity an evolutionary bridge between a system based around journal-organized peer review and referred preprints. Peer reviewing: for whom and why? The…

Formal education in reviewing manuscripts is rare Source: McDowell et al. Co-reviewing and ghostwriting by early-career researchers in the peer review of manuscripts. eLife 2019;8:e48425.

Public preprint review as a tool to empower the next generation of socially-conscious peer reviewers

By Rebeccah Lijek and Jessica Polka At the July 21, 2021 #FeedbackASAP meeting, Mugdha Sathe (UW), Rebeccah Lijek (Mount Holyoke), Daniela Saderi (PREreview) organized a breakout session on using public preprint review in teaching and mentorship of early career researchers.  Who is a “peer?” The session began with Daniela Saderi leading us in discussion about…

Breakout session Miro board

How to foster a positive preprint feedback culture: From FAST principles to implementation

2022-01-13 update: The FAST principles have now been posted as a preprint. As Chris Jackson pointed out in the first session of #FeedbackASAP, preprint feedback is part of the collaborative culture of science. A positive culture of comments and review of preprints brings many benefits to the scientific process, but what does this culture look…

ASAPbio Preprint Reviewer Recruitment network featuring logos of Review Commons, GigaScience, GigaByte, PeerJ, Proc B, JCB, MBoC, PLOS, eLife, and SAGE

Announcing the Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network

Today, we’re excited to launch the Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network, a pilot to share researchers’ preprint reviewing experience with journals looking for reviewers or editorial board members.  Public preprint feedback has the potential to not only help authors and readers, but also to identify potential reviewers and editorial board members for journals. Unfortunately, finding preprint…

FAST principles board

FAST principles to foster a positive preprint feedback culture

2022-01-13 update: The FAST principles have now been posted as a preprint. As Ivan Oransky has noted, ‘science is a proposition and a conversation and an argument’ [1]; feedback and discussion around scientific reports are integral parts of the scientific process. Preprints are a vehicle for this discussion as they allow any member of the…

Yearly preprints/all-papers in Microsoft Academic Graph, trend by domain, reproduced from Xie B, Shen Z, and Wang K 2021 [8]

Addressing information overload in scholarly literature

Blog post by Christine Ferguson and Martin Fenner Information overload is the difficulty in understanding an issue and effectively making decisions when one has too much information about that issue, and is generally associated with the excessive quantity of daily information. – Wikipedia [1] Information overload is a common problem, and it is an old…