May 27, 2022

Research Article: “Tracking the Popularity and Outcomes of All bioRxiv Preprints”

The following article was recently published by eLife.


Tracking the Popularity and Outcomes of All bioRxiv Preprints


Richard J Abdill

Ran Blekhman


eLife 2019;8:e45133
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.45133


The growth of preprints in the life sciences has been reported widely and is driving policy changes for journals and funders, but little quantitative information has been published about preprint usage. Here, we report how we collected and analyzed data on all 37,648 preprints uploaded to, the largest biology-focused preprint server, in its first five years. The rate of preprint uploads to bioRxiv continues to grow (exceeding 2,100 in October 2018), as does the number of downloads (1.1 million in October 2018). We also find that two-thirds of preprints posted before 2017 were later published in peer-reviewed journals, and find a relationship between the number of downloads a preprint has received and the impact factor of the journal in which it is published. We also describe, a web application that provides multiple ways to interact with preprint metadata.

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