Welcome to PREreview!
"If you want to be one year behind, don’t read bioRxiv” – Jeff LeekWelcome to PREreview! On PREreview you can collaboratively write reviews of preprints. This project was born in April 2017 as a collaboration between Samantha Hindle and Daniela Saderi, scientists and ASAPbio Ambassadors, with help from Josh Nicholson at Authorea. ASAPbio (Accelerating Science And Publication in biology) is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the word about preprints to accelerate scientific discovery.As of October 2018, we are proud to have become an official project fiscally sponsored by Code for Science and Society. Learn more in this blog post.Our Mission PREreview seeks to diversify peer review in the academic community by crowdsourcing pre-publication feedback to improve the quality of published scientific output, and to train early-career researchers (ECRs) in how to review others' scientific work. We want to facilitate a cultural shift in which every scientist posts, reads, and engages with preprints as standard practice in scholarly publishing. We see PREreview as a hub to support and nurture the growth of a community that openly exchanges timely, constructive feedback on emerging scientific outputs. We believe that by empowering ECRs through peer review training programs, thereby increasing the diversity of researchers involved in the peer review process, PREreview will help establish a healthier and more sustainable culture around research dissemination and evaluation.
Getting started on PREreview: a step-by-step guide
This is a step-by-step guide on how to create your own Preprint Journal Club on PREreview.
PREreview guidelines: How to write a preprint review
At the top write: Title of the preprint, authors, date of submission, version number, preprint server, and digital object identifier (DOI)Start a new document and invite to your preprint journal club others who want to collaboratively write the preprint review – they will have to sign up on PREreview to be able to edit. Below are a short list of questions that you can have journal club attendants answer (PREreview short participant worksheet, example here), followed by more detailed guidelines on how to structure a more formal and complete peer review (PREreview peer review, example here). Answering the first set of questions will be faster and still provide useful feedback to the authors. However, if the main purpose of the preprint journal club is to train early-career researchers on how to write a peer review, recommend you write the full review as if you were a reviewer for a journal. You can use the comments from the first one to construct the preprint peer review. After you are done writing your your PREreview, you can click on "Document" (top left), "Publish" so that your preprint review will be public and will be assigned a DOI that you can use to advertise your review on social media, email to the authors, and post on the comment section on the server that hosts the preprint you chose for your JC. Additionally with a DOI, your preprint review will be citable! If you got this far, GREAT JOB! Thank you for supporting open science and helping science move forward faster!
Live PREreview Journal Clubs (#LivePREJC)
At PREreview we are huge supporters of preprint journal clubs
! We love journal clubs so much that we thought we would facilitate topic-centered, cross-institutional journal clubs, run live thanks to the magical power of the Internet. Here, we have put together some information on how to start your own Live-streamed PREreview Journal Club
) and how we can help you facilitate it.
How to get started:
- Choose a preprint you wish to discuss at a LivePREJC (find out more about what preprints are and where to find them).
- Find a few other scientists or researchers, preferably at different career levels and from different institutions, who would like to participate in the LivePREJC. Our team will help you recruit more participants if you cannot find them on your own.
- Fill out this form to formally request a LivePREJC and our logistic support.
- If you are not the preprint author, you can contact the corresponding author(s) and let them know about the LivePREJC. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, please let us know and we will do it on your behalf. You can also choose not to include the author in the discussion.
What you can expect for the LivePREJC:
PREreview beta testing phase – Here is how you can help!
Hello everyone! In this post we will detail our beta testing phase, hopefully clarifying what it means to be a beta tester for PREreview and guiding you on how to best contribute. Thank you for taking the time to help us in our mission to make journal clubs worth any researchers' time!
Where can you find preprints?
Where you can find preprints:There are various preprint repositories (see below) and also website platforms where you can search all/most of the preprint repositories, including Prepubmed, Publons, The Winnower, and Academic Karma (please let us know at email@example.com or leave a comment on this page if we missed any). You can search the Research Preprint Servers List to find a preprint server in your field.Below is a list of the most common preprint repositories that post findings in the biological sciences:AgriXiv: a preprint repository for agriculture and allied sciencesarXiv q-bio: a preprint repository for quantitative biology operated by the Cornell University Library. This repository includes manuscripts in the following categories: Biomolecules, Cell Behavior, Genomics, Molecular Networks, Neurons and Cognition, Subcellular Processes, Populations and Evolution, Tissues and Organs, Quantitative Methods, and Other Quantitative BiologybioRxiv: a preprint repository for the biological sciences operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. This repository includes manuscripts in the following areas: Animal behavior and Cognition, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Clinical Trials, Developmental Biology. Ecology, Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Paleontology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Scientific Communication and Education, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, and ZoologyOSF PREPRINTS: a preprint server that hosts preprints from a broad range of disciplines, including the Life Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences PeerJ Preprints: a preprint repository for the biology and computer sciencesPreprints.org: a preprint repository that posts manuscripts covering many areas of the biology and biomedical science (and other sciences, arts and humanities), including Behavioral Sciences, Biology, Life Sciences, and Medicine and PharmacologyWellcome Open Research: a preprint repository for research funded by the Wellcome Trust mainly in areas of the biological sciences, population health, applied research, humanities and social scienceINARxiv: the preprint server for Indonesia powered by OSF Preprints hosting preprints from a broad range of disciplines, including the Life Sciences, and Medicine and Health SciencesEarthArXiv: the preprint server for Earth Sciences powered by OSF Preprints