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A preprints goldmine at ScienceOpen

Did you know that we have more than 1.7 million preprints on ScienceOpen?

Preprints are first-draft research manuscripts, and have been around for as long as the Web has existed. Some researchers, like physicists, have been posting them online for almost 3 decades, taking advantage of the rapid communication capabilities that the internet enabled. Now, researchers in the Life Sciences and other fields are catching up, with platforms like bioRxiv, the Center for Open Science, as well as the ASAPbio initiative.

Preprint or not preprint? Simple!

At ScienceOpen, we fully support research communities and their adoption of preprints.  To make discovering them even easier, we have recently added a preprint filter to our search engine. ScienceOpen currently has more than 60 million records as part of our expanding citation network. We are growing each day as new content is integrated from our publishing partners, and sources like PubMed, CrossRef, ORCID and arXiv.

Making preprints more discoverable

To discover preprints on ScienceOpen, simply click the ‘preprint’ box after selecting the filter, and that will restrict your search to them. You can then sort all of these by:

  • Altmetric score
  • Citations
  • Read count
  • Date of publication

On each preprint page, you’ll find the arXiv ID and published version DOI, if they have one. You can read all articles as they’re Open Access, and tagged with a little OA symbol to make this clear. You can also bookmark your favourites, recommend them to your colleagues, add comments, share to social media, and export the citation information (BibTex, RIS or Endnote format).

All preprints are also open for anyone to peer review, and any user on ScienceOpen can invite any other researcher to formally review any they wish. All peer reviews on ScienceOpen get a CC BY license and CrossRef DOI.

Each preprint comes with a host of metadata and features.

Preprints as a catalyst for collections

As with any other article on ScienceOpen, users can add preprints to their collections. Here, Collection Editors can invite other researchers to publicly review those articles. By including preprints in collections, they become a real community space for researchers to come together and share their knowledge and expertise.

To learn more about peer review on ScienceOpen, we have this handy guide. And for collections, we have a 60 second ‘How to’ video here for your enjoyment.

Preprints appear in a range of ScienceOpen collections.

If you’d like to set up your own collection of articles, including preprints, you can apply here.