Public review of preprints offers many benefits. It enables reviewers to focus on the science itself, allows authors to engage in constructive dialog with reviewers, and provides context on preprints for readers. cOAlition S and EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships have recently announced that they recognize peer-reviewed preprints as peer-reviewed publications, and some journals are accepting reviews from services such as Peer Community In and Review Commons.

Sponsored by HHMIASAPbio, and EMBO, this meeting aimed to promote community consensus and support for preprint peer review and to create funder, institutional, and journal policies that recognize both preprints with reviews, and reviews of preprints.

Selected information below archived from the Janelia conference page.

Meeting-related updates

Related news & updates

2023-04-04 Meeting report (“Advancing the culture of peer review with preprints”) preprinted

2023-02-07 IOI publishes “Next steps for preprint review infrastructure” based on the workshop

2022-12-19 Article covering workshop appears: “Researchers push preprint reviews to improve scientific communications”

2022-12-09 eLife annoucement: 9 funders support use of reviewed preprints in research assessment

2022-07-06 cOAlition S states that peer-reviewed preprints are recognized as publications

2022-04-25 EMBO announces pilot (now continued) to recognize refereed preprints for fellowship eligibility


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Working groups

Prior to the workshop, ASAPbio convened two working groups – one for representatives of Funders, Researchers, and Institutions, and a second for Journals and Preprint Review Services. These working groups produced presentations give during the first session of the meeting as well as the outputs linked below below.

Journals & Preprint Review Projects Working Group

Recommendations can be accessed on the ASAPbio website and are archived on Zenodo.


Funder, Researcher, and Institution Working Group

Recommendations can be accessed on the ASAPbio website and are archived on Zenodo.


Invited participants

Michael Arentoft, European Commission
Prachee Avasthi, Arcadia Science
Michele Avissar-Whiting, HHMI
Frederique Belliard, TU Delft
Stefano Bertuzzi, RR:C19
Theodora Bloom, BMJ
Dennis Bourguet, Peer Community In
Jeffrey Brainard, Science
Amy Brand, MIT Press
Katherine Brown, CoB
Matt Buys, Datacite
Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, MRC UKRI
Stephanie Dawson, ScienceOpen
Tom Demeranville, ORCID
Gautam Dey, EMBL
Sonya Dumanis, Aligning Science Against Parkinsons
Scott Edmunds, GigaScience
Mike Eisen, eLife
Kristin Eldon Whylly, Templeton Foundation
Ashley Farley, Gates
Tara Fischer, NIH (Youle Lab)
Maryrose Franko, HRA
James Fraser, UCSF
Kathryn Funk, NLM
Clarisse Ganier, King’s College London (Watt Lab)
Laurie Goodman, GigaScience
Thomas Guillemaud, PCI
Melissa Harrison, Europe PMC
Anna Hatch, HHMI
Haley Hazlett, DORA
Samantha Hindle, PREreview
Daniel Hook, Digital Science
Hannah Hope, Wellcome
Phil Hurst, Royal Society
Fiona Hutton, eLife
John Inglis, bioRxiv/medRxiv
Ankita Jha, NIH (Waterman Lab)
Sophien Kamoun, Sainsbury Laboratory
Robert Kiley, cOAlition S
Harlan Krumholz, Yale
Salvatore La Rosa, Childrens Tumor
Michael Lacy, MBoC Preprint Highlights
Marcel LaFlamme, PLOS
Rebecca Lawrence, F1000
Thomas Lemberger, EMBO
Maria Leptin, ERC
Elliott Lumb, PeerRef
Catriona Maccallum, Hindawi
Christoper Marcum, OSTP
Gabriele Marinello, Qeios
Alex Mendonca, SciELO
Sara Monaco, Review Commons
Dyche Mullins, UCSF
Kleber Neves, Serrapilheira Institute
Erin O’Shea, HHMI
Lisa Oskam, Utrecht University (Pierik Lab)
Louise Page, Gates
Damian Pattinson, eLife
Naomi Penfold, IOI
Jessica Polka, ASAPbio
Iratxe Puebla, ASAPbio
Martyn Rittman, CrossRef
Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S
Steve Royle, Warwick
Daniela Saderi, PREreview
Katie Schretter, Janelia (Rubin Lab)
Richard Sever, bioRxiv
Kathleen Shearer, COAR
John Spiro, Simons
Gabe Stein, KFG
Brandon Stell, PubPeer
Bodo Stern, HHMI
Michaela Strinzel, SNF
Sowmya Swaminathan, Springer Nature
Dario Taraborelli, CZI
Ron Vale, HHMI
Claudia Vásquez, UW (as of Jan 2023)
Ludo Waltman, CWTS
Fiona Watt, EMBO
Zara Weinberg, UCSF