Tag: Preprint

Preprints in debate… six years later

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Six years have passed since social science publishers began debating preprints. A look back shows that the “risks” and “promises” raised in that debate rested on an inadequate understanding of the nature of preprints in the field. The SciELO preprints server, however, ended up showing some unexpected benefits. Read More →

Some remarks on peer review and preprints [Originally published as the editorial in Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz vol. 118]

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We may say that scientific publishing is now living under the “disruption of preprints”! Scientific editors must now think about two things: (i) a new concept of “publishing papers”, and (ii) how to proper (and innovatively) evaluate the contribution these freshly released papers might bring to society. Read More →

Walking the walk: open communication and review in a congress on open science

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The first Iberoamerican Congress for Open Science took place on 23 and 24 November 2022, as a forum for Iberoamerican dialogue on the right to science and to promote change in how we understand science, from an inclusive, open, participatory, and responsible perspective. Read More →

Rethink peer review to make it sustainable

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A recently published article discusses the need for a profound overhaul of peer review, as the current model proves to be no longer sustainable. Journal editors have difficulties finding reviewers willing to evaluate submitted articles, researchers discuss greater recognition or even remuneration to act as reviewers. Among the numerous proposed alternatives, the opening of peer review is presented as the most feasible alternative. Read More →

Preprint review should be part of doctoral and postdoctoral training programs

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Considering the significant growth of preprints in scholarly communication, as well as the emergence of preprint servers in all areas of knowledge, Richard Sever, assistant director of CSHL Press, proposes that (post-publication) evaluation of preprints be used to complement doctoral and postdoctoral training at academic institutions. Read More →

Lack of sustainability plans for preprint services risks their potential to improve science [Originally published in the LSE Impact blog in March/2023]

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, preprint servers became a vital mechanism for the rapid sharing and review of vital research. However, discussing the findings of a recent report, Naomi Penfold finds much of the infrastructure supporting non-commercial preprint publications is precariously governed and at risk of being acquired by commercial publishers. Read More →

Funders support use of reviewed preprints in research assessment [Originally published by eLife in December/2022]

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Funders and other research organisations are embracing reviewed preprints as an alternative way to assess researchers, and call on others to do the same. Read More →

Why is it important to support open infrastructure for preprints?

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The importance of preprints in scholarly communication has been increasing, as well as their credibility and use in every discipline. However, the preprint ecosystem is not yet financially sustainable, and most preprints are not shared using open infrastructure. A report by the Invest in Open Infrastructure initiative examines the current preprint landscape in detail and makes important recommendations that aim at making a system for open infrastructure services for preprints viable, robust, and reliable. Read More →

Three takeaways from our July 19 Publish Your Reviews event

Publicity piece for the event "Why Publish Your Reviews?" which took place on July 19, 2022 and features the four panelists, Ashley Farley from the Gates Foundation, Alex Mendonça from SciELO, Ludo Waltman from CWTS from Leiden University and Prachee Avasthi from ASAPbio and Arcadia Science.

What are the benefits of open peer reviews on preprints, and why should researchers consider publishing their journal-invited reviews alongside preprints? ASAPbio fellows orgazined in July 2022 the event “Why Publish Your Reviews?” with the objective to answer this question. Read More →

Supporting public preprint review through collaborative reviews – an update on ASAPbio’s crowd preprint review

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ASAPbio has been supporting preprint feedback since 2021 through their crowd preprint review activities which seek to draw on the collective input of a group of commenters who each can comment on the preprint according to their level of expertise and interest. They are currently midway through their activities for 2022, which include Portuguese preprints from SciELO Preprints, and wanted to share an update on the progress. Read More →

Announcing Publish Your Reviews

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Today, we’re excited to launch Publish Your Reviews, an initiative encouraging reviewers to post their comments alongside the preprint versions of articles. We invite all researchers interested in promoting more open dialog around preprints to sign the pledge. Read More →

SciELO Preprints server completes two years of operation, contributing to the advancement of Open Science

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Launched in April 2020 as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and part of the positioning of the SciELO Program as an open science program, the SciELO Preprints server completes two years of operation. Read More →

Become a crowd preprint reviewer and support public feedback on preprints

Following our successful attempt last year, we are excited to announce that ASAPbio will carry on with group preprints evaluation activities in 2022. If you are a researcher in infectious diseases, join us in supporting public preprints review by becoming a group preprints reviewer! Read More →

SciELO preprints discoverable in Europe PMC [Originally published in the Europe PMC blog in March/2022]

SciELO preprints are now indexed and discoverable in Europe PMC. Over 1,000 SciELO preprints can be browsed in Europe PMC in their original language (Portuguese, Spanish, or English). An important outcome of this collaboration is the push for changes to scholarly infrastructure to better handle multilingual content. Read More →

Preprints optimize research communication [Originally published as the editorial in Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas vol. 20 no. 4]

Preprints have been established as an initial step in research communication after 50 years of its conception at the US NIH and the beginning of operation of the arXiv server. It is an enrichment of the classic scholarly communication model in which unpublished manuscripts are submitted to journals for peer review. Journals have, among others, the critical role of validating research. Preprints are made available before this validation step as a means of accelerating the communication of research results and improving manuscripts before sending them to a journal for validation. The use of preprints is identified as one of open science practices. Read More →