ASAPbio newsletter August 2022

Call on equity in preprint visibility, Publish Your Reviews developments, Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network deadline, and more

August ASAPbio Community Call - Promoting equity in visibility, curation and evaluation of preprints

August 25, 9am San Francisco, 12pm New York, 4pm UTC, 5pm London, 6pm Berlin, 9:30pm Mumbai

Preprints are freely accessible, but there are persistent disparities in the visibility and attention paid to preprints according to the authors’ institutions, geographical area, language and other backgrounds. In this interactive session, we will discuss how to promote equity in making preprints visible. Bianca Kramer (Sesame Open Science) will speak about how different databases index preprints and whether this may impact how researchers engage with preprints. Maurine Neiman (University of Iowa), Preprint Editor for Proceedings B, will speak about strategies and risks around scouting preprints, and steps editors can take to ensure a more equitable approach to identifying preprints of interest. These talks will be followed by an opportunity for discussion among all attendees.

Register for the Community Call

Three takeaways from our July 19 Publish Your Reviews event

What are the benefits of open peer reviews on preprints, and why should researchers consider publishing their journal-invited reviews alongside preprints?

To answer these questions, ASAPbio Fellows Bianca Trovò, Nicolás Hinrichs, Saeed Shafiei Sabet, and Susana Henriques organized an interactive conversation about the recently-launched Publish Your Reviews initiative on July 19, 2022.

Read the summary on our blog.

New collection: sample published reviews

To help clarify the process of publishing reviews, we've highlighted reviews from Publish Your Reviews organizers and ambassadors on our website.

See the example reviews.

Sign the Publish Your Reviews pledge

We invite all researchers interested in promoting more open dialog around preprints to sign the following pledge:

When a journal invites me to review an article that is available as a preprint, I will publish my review alongside the preprint. I will make sure that the published version of my review does not include the journal name, a recommendation for publication, or other confidential information.

Sign the pledge
Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network upcoming deadline: September 30

The Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network enables willing researchers to share preprint comments and reviews as work samples with editors who are looking for reviewers and editors.

After September 30, we will share with participating journals the profiles of network members who have listed publicly-accessible preprint reviews and comments in their profile. If you'd like to be included in this round, please complete or update your profile with URLs pointing to your publicly-accessible preprint reviews or comments by September 30!
Join the Network

Meet the 2022 ASAPbio Fellows
The ASAPbio Fellows program provides participants with tools and skills to drive discussions about the productive use of preprints, and to become ASAPbio representatives for their communities. Each month, we'll feature a few of the 2022 Fellows so you can get to know them. Read more about them here.

Sudhanshu Shekhar
I am a PhD candidate at the laboratory of Dr. Peristera Paschou in the Department of Biological Sciences and a member of the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe) at Purdue University. I am studying how genetic variation mediated changes in gene expression affects human health such as in neurodevelopmental and auto-immune disorders. As an ASAPbio Fellow, I primarily intend to understand the impact of preprints in scientific communication and promote it to the wider scientific community for adoption.

Murugesan Shanmugam
I am a Senior Scientist at ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad, India. I work on chicken physiology with more focus on reproduction and germ cell cryopreservation. I am an open science enthusiast and practitioner. I encounter many hurdles in the process of open access publishing and want to discuss among peers in improving open science among researchers.

Aditi Sengupta
I am an Assistant Professor at California Lutheran University. I am a soil microbial ecologist and teach undergraduates. I chose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program to brainstorm ideas about how preprints can help undergraduate education.

Ryman Shoko
I am a lecturer and researcher in molecular biology and bioinformatics at the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe. My research interests are in understanding the molecular bases of medicinal plants. I am passionate about promoting scientific integrity, transparency, and openness in scientific research. I believe that the use of preprints is one way of achieving transparency and openness.

News roundup

Articles about #PublishYourReviews, an ASAPbio initiative:

'A guide to preprinting for early-career researchers' co-authored by the 2021 ASAPbio Fellows Cassandra Ettinger, Madhumala Sadanandappa, Kıvanç Görgülü, Karen Coghlan and Ken Hallenbeck, and Iratxe Puebla from ASAPbio. The article discusses various concerns about preprints, how to discuss preprints with co-authors and advisors, and how to get involved with preprints.

'Recommendations for empowering early career researchers to improve research culture and practice' co-authored by Iratxe Puebla from ASAPbio. The paper highlights the role of early career researcher initiatives in making systemic changes in research culture and practice. 

'Preprints - a UK Reproducibility Network animated primer' - a video introducing preprints and their benefits.

'First Principles of Preprints: A webinar discussion' about preprints and publishing featuring a panel of PLOS experts. 


ASAPbio will participate in

Iratxe will speak at the session 'Preprints as a tool for open science: why, how and for whom' on September 6 as part of the EMBO BACNET22 workshop.

Iratxe will present about 'Integrity in research publications' at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) on September 7.

Iratxe will participate in the panel 'Connecting the dots: Integrating Research Outputs beyond the PDF' on September 15 as part of the ALPSP 2022 conference.

The call for submissions to the Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencia Abierta (November 23-24) is now open for the categories Research articles/Trabajos de investigación and infographics/Infografías o poster. More about the congress is available at

Jessica will speak at the MRC Investigators Day on September 6, 2022.

Jessica will speak at the Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2022 conference, October 27-28 in Zurich and online. 

Other events

Open Science for South Asia (online), 5th-8th September 2022, organized by Open Science South Asia Network (OSSAN) 2022. The conference will host a panel about preprints on September 7 at 8:30am UTC.

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