May 23, 2022

PLOS (Public Library of Science) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Enter Agreement to Enable Preprint Posting on bioRxiv

From a Joint Announcement:

2018-02-06_13-39-59The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announced today an agreement that enables the automatic posting of research articles submitted to PLOS journals on bioRxiv, CSHL’s preprint server for the life sciences.


2018-02-06_13-41-03PLOS will perform initial manuscript screening compatible with bioRxiv standards, covering scope, plagiarism, and previous publication, as well as other basic ethical and technical criteria.

Articles will then post automatically to the bioRxiv server without the need for additional actions by the author. By allowing their submission to be posted on bioRxiv, authors accelerate the dissemination of their work and invite commentary by a broader community, which the PLOS editors will evaluate as part of peer review. Authors may choose to opt-out of this process when they submit papers to PLOS.

PLOS and CSHL also plan to work collaboratively towards solutions for preprint licensing that enable broad dissemination and reuse; the addition of badges to papers which signal that additional services for authors have been performed by PLOS and potentially other organizations; submission and screening standards in the biomedical sciences; and the implementation of new forms of manuscript assessment to augment or improve current methods of peer review.


The bioRxiv preprint server was initiated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in November 2013 and received major support in May 2017 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. It currently hosts over 20,000 manuscripts from bioscientists in 104 countries and has a rapidly rising rate of submission.

Read the Complete Announcement Including Comments From:

  • Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer, PLOS
  • John Inglis, Co-Founder of bioRxiv at CSHL
  • Louise Page, Chief Innovation Officer, PLOS

See Also: bioRxiv Receives Funding From Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (April 27, 2017)

See Also: bioRxiv Receives Additional Major Funding (August 26, 2016)

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