From the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced a new collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) that will help accelerate the understanding of life science for the benefit of human health and disease.
New funding from CZI will support the development and expansion of CSHL’s bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) preprint service, a free platform that enables life science researchers to quickly and easily share drafts of papers before they are published in peer-reviewed research journals.
“Preprints have been a mainstay of the scientific process for decades in math and computer science,” said Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., President of Science for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. “bioRxiv gave prominence to this practice in biology three years ago, and we are eager to support their work to expand free access and sustain this service into the future.”
In only three years, bioRxiv has received 10,000 manuscripts from 55,000 authors in more than 90 countries. There are more than 1 million page views and downloads of these papers each month. bioRxiv also enables authors to submit posted manuscripts directly to a growing number of journals (currently 100) for certification through peer review. New funding from CZI builds on the initial investment by CSHL (a private, not-for-profit institution) and generous philanthropic support from CSHL Trustee Robert Lourie, to pioneer this free service.