Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Hosts: Ritam Neupane and Marko Jovanovic
Title: bioRxiv – communicating at the speed of science using preprints
Abstract: Journal publication delays the dissemination of scientific results by eight months on average and can take up to three years. Posting papers immediately as unrefereed preprints decouples dissemination from the certification process performed by journals, allowing scientists to begin building on the work of their peers more quickly. In addition, preprints allow researchers to provide grant reviewers and hiring/tenure committees with evidence of their most recent work. The practice of posting preprints has been common in the physical sciences for >25 years but has only recently become widespread among biologists since the launch of bioRxiv by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2013. bioRxiv is growing exponentially and serves as a hub that connects pre-publication discussion of new results with the final, formally published journal article. It is also encouraging new initiatives that aim to rethink and improve the peer review process.