bioRxiv Celebrating 10th Anniversary
From the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory:
We’re in the midst of a revolution in science communication. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is at the forefront of this changing landscape. Ten years ago, CSHL launched bioRxiv (pronounced bio-archive). This innovative platform gives millions of readers across the globe free access to thousands of studies as “preprints” before they are published in traditional scientific journals. Today, the latest biomedical breakthroughs are only a couple of clicks away.
…CSHL is working to move scientific publishing in the opposite direction, toward a more accessible and diverse future. Initiatives like bioRxiv and clinical equivalent medRxiv have led the way. Co-founded by CSHL Press Executive Director John Inglis and Assistant Director Richard Sever, these online repositories ensure public access to a wealth of scientific knowledge. Combined, the two servers host over 217,000 freely available research papers from 190 countries.
“The publication of scientific research is crucial,” Inglis says. “It helps us understand the world we live in. Sharing those insights has always been vital. But how that sharing takes place is evolving. We experienced it firsthand during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Since the launch of bioRxiv, several self-organized groups of scientists have voluntarily taken on responsibility for evaluating research papers. Their assessments are publicly shared on the server so authors can address them directly. This dramatically speeds up the time it takes for findings to be evaluated and revised compared with traditional peer review. Nevertheless, 70% of all bioRxiv and medRxiv submissions still go on to be formally published in a scientific journal.
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