May 27, 2022

Report: What bioRxiv’s First 30,000 Preprints Reveal About Biologists

From Nature:

Researchers posted more preprints to the bioRxiv server in 2018 alone than in the four previous years, according to an analysis of the 37,648 preprints posted on the site in its first 5 years.

The analysis also shows that the number of downloads from the site has topped 1 million per month. BioRxiv, which allows researchers in the life sciences to post preliminary versions of studies, turned five last November.

The researchers who led the analysis have launched an interactive database of all the bioRxiv preprints, which is openly available on a new site called Rxivist. The study was itself posted on bioRxiv on 13 January 1.

Direct to Complete Nature Article

See Also: Research Article: Tracking the Popularity and Outcomes of All bioRxiv Preprints (Preprint)
January 13, 2019.

See Also: Rxivist
“Rxivist combines preprints from bioRxiv with data from Twitter to help you find the papers being discussed in your field.”

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