Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announced the launch Monday of bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”), an online repository for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. Submission, storage, and access are free.
BioRxiv accepts articles in any of 23 life science subject areas, although it is not intended for medical studies or clinical trials. Authors submitting to bioRxiv will assign their article to a subject area and categorize it as New Results, Confirmatory Results, or Contradictory Results. Articles submitted to bioRxiv will not be peer-reviewed, but they will be screened for relevant content.
Preprint servers make research findings available quickly, and allow pre-publication comments to be made on article drafts. Authors can post revised versions of articles; however, once an article is posted to bioRxiv it is assigned a digital object identifier (doi), becomes citable, and so cannot be removed.
BioRxiv is modelled on and is intended to complement arXiv, the preprint server for physics, computer science, and allied disciplines, which has been in existence for more than 20 years and which now contains nearly one million preprints.
- About bioRxiv [bioRxiv]
- Submission Guide [bioRxiv]
- New Preprint Server Aims to Be Biologists’ Answer to Physicists’ arXiv [Science]