I seem to mention preprints nearly every month and this month is no exception:
- Forecasting the Growth of Preprints in Biology
- Preprints – what’s in it for me?, post by Isabel Baker consisting of interviews with UK Medical Research Council researchers who have posted preprints
- Forthcoming open access journal Plant Direct, will give authors a discount if they deposit a preprint before or at submission.
- Center for Open Science (COS) announced AgriXiv, another open source preprints service as part of OSF Preprints. AgriXiv provides free, open access, open source archives for agriculture and allied science research.
- SciELO Preprints on the way SciELO Preprints was announced this month and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2018. SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) has content from 14 developing nations. Since SciELO partners with OSF, when launched, SciELO Preprints will be probably be searchable in OSF Preprints
- The recently announced Chan Zuckerberg Biohub “will require investigators to share submitted manuscripts online as preprints.” From Chan Zuckerberg Biohub funds first crop of 47 investigators, by Jocelyn Kaiser in Science Insider
- Explorations around a central site for preprints in the life science:
- Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints, by Ewen Callaway in Nature 542, 283–284 (16 February 2017) doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21466
- Preprints: Principles and Service DataScience@NIH, links to the ASAPBio Request for applications, Principles for establishing a Central Service for Preprints: a statement from a consortium of funders, etc.
So why are preprints big news in the changing world of scholarly communication? I like the image posted by Jon Tennant in The future of scholarly publishing with a CC BY 4.0 license. He doesn’t explicitly discuss preprints but in the image, preprint sharing falls in the new block labeled “Communication Platform” which shifts a lot of activity in the model: