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Preprint Archives for Biology

Preprint archives allow the submission of scholarly articles before they have been subject to peer review. These archives are open access repositories, i.e, submissions can obtain better visibility compared to if they were behind the paywall. They also allow the wider scientific community to build on the data in these submissions before they have been formally published. Preprint services provide the additional benefit of inviting community feedback, which can be used to refine the manuscript before official publication.

arXiv is one such preprint open access repository targeting physical sciences subjects such as mathematics and high-energy physics. It currently holds more than 1.2 million articles and more than 100,000 new articles are submitted to this open access repository every year. 

 bioRxiv, the largest preprint server for life sciences articles, reported about 5,000 submissions last year.

ASAPBio strives to create a central open access preprint repository for life sciences. With the endorsement of eleven major funders (including the Wellcome Trust, the National Institutes of Health, the European Research Council, the Medical Research Council UK, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), ASAPBio aims to change the preprint landscape in the life sciences.  

 

There has been some debate on social media as to whether or not another repository is required, since bioRxiv already exists.

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