Today, we’re excited to release a report on shared technology needs for preprints in the life sciences. This represents the culmination of six months of work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Open Science Program to map missing technologies to enhance preprint-based collaboration and innovation.
Preprints in biomedicine have come a long way in a few years, but their full potential is not yet unlocked. We sought to identify shared technologies that would ease the development of in-demand features (relating to writing, commenting, sharing, and reference management of preprints) that would make them more useful to the biomedical community.
The report outlines identified needs around markup language conversion, linking from preprints to their journal versions, preprint recommendations via searchers or feeds, and a number of features related to review and feedback on preprints.
We’re grateful to all the community members, listed in the report acknowledgements, who generously shared their time and expertise through user interviews, consultations, and an online workshop. At the same time, we know there’s a wealth of knowledge that we haven’t yet tapped. We encourage feedback from the community, especially via annotation of the report with links and references to existing technologies that may fulfill some of these needs. We invite you to comment on the report with Hypothesis.
You can find a citable copy of this report on Zenodo: Jessica Polka, Carly Strasser, and Dario Taraborelli (2021). Shared technology needs for preprints (Version 1). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4700570