ASAPbio newsletter volume 37

Get involved with preprints in our upcoming events: Preprints 101 for authors, #FeedbackASAP, Preprints in academic assessment
EuropePMC & ASAPbio 'Preprints 101 for authors' webinar

June 21, 2pm BST | 3pm CEST | 9am EDT | 6:30pm IST

On June 21 EuropePMC and ASAPbio will run a webinar where we'll discuss preprints and how to make your experience as a preprint author as positive as possible. ASAPbio Fellow Sumeet Pal Singh will share his perspective as a preprint author and Maria Levchenko will cover how to incorporate preprints in literature searchers using EuropePMC's preprint discovery tools.

Register for 'Preprints 101 for authors'

#FeedbackASAP meeting - Growing preprint review

On July 21, ASAPbio will host the #FeedbackASAP meeting around preprint review, in partnership with DORA, HHMI and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. At the meeting, we will explore incentives toward preprint review participation and request feedback on work we have ongoing related to preprint review.

Join us to learn how you can take concrete action with new initiatives and help build cultural norms around preprint feedback. Meeting attendees can also propose and lead their own breakout sessions. Read more about the meeting at: 

Register for #FeedbackASAP

'Incorporating Preprints into Academic Assessment' webinar

June 29, 5pm BST | 6pm CEST | noon EDT | 9am PDT | 1pm BRT

DORA and ASAPbio are hosting a webinar to explore why and how preprints can be incorporated into academic assessment, recognition and rewards systems.

We will discuss how preprints can be included in existing assessment processes and what challenges may arise with our speakers:

  • Needhi Bhalla, Unversity of California Santa Cruz, United States
  • Thomas Guillemaud and Denis Bourguet, Peer Community In, France
  • Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Johns Hopkins University, United States
Register for 'Incorporating preprints into academic assessment'
Welcoming Osman Aldirdiri and Thabiso Motaung to the ASAPbio Board of Directors 

We’re thrilled to announce two new members of the ASAPbio Board of Directors: Osman Aldirdiri, a student and researcher at the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and Thabiso Motaung, a Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Thabiso is a 2020 ASAPbio Fellow and Osman is participating in the current cohort of the program; you can read more about them on our blog post.

Preprints in Motion podcast 

Preprints in Motion is a new podcast that will discuss preprints authored by early-career researchers, learning more about the science and the authors’ experience of preprinting and academia. The podcast is hosted by ASAPbio Fellow Jonny Coates with production by Emma Wilson and editing by John Howard, and is supported by ASAPbio. 

The podcast is launching on June 16 with two episodes: Episode 1 discusses lego microscopes with Bart Vos and their use as a lockdown teaching tool, Episode 2 takes a deep dive into Wikipedia and the citations used for COVID-19 articles with all 3 preprint authors. Episodes will release every first and third Wednesday of the month.

Tune in to listen on Spotify, Google podcasts, Apple podcasts and Anchor. 

Meet the 2021 ASAPbio Fellows
The ASAPbio Fellows have been selected to participate in a six-month program that provides them with tools and skills to drive discussions about the productive use of preprints in the life sciences, and to become ASAPbio representatives for their communities. Each month, we feature a few of the 2021 ASAPbio Fellows so you can get to know them better. Read more about the program participants here.

Khumbuzile Bophela

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria. I specialize in tree health and protection. The focus of my current research is identifying the potential contamination sources of root rot pathogens (e.g. Phytophthora spp.) in citrus nurseries in South Africa. 

I have the opportunity to reach a broader audience apart from my fellow science peers, which makes my work easily accessible to relevant stakeholders and has the potential to influence decisions affecting the lives of people in communities around me. 

Pallavi Mathur

I am a 3rd Year PhD student at Institut Curie in the team of Bruno Goud. In my project, I am studying the role of lysosome positioning in different stages of bladder cancer. 

Transparent and open communication of science is crucial within the scientific community to exchange ideas and technology but is also important to raise awareness among the non-scientific crowd about the growth in the world of science. I am motivated to contribute towards and promote an easy, accurate and simple means of scientific communication. 

Ken Hallenbeck

I am Senior Scientific Researcher at Genentech Inc, working in the early discovery biochemistry department where I use robots and DNA-encoded technologies to identify peptide therapeutics. 

I am keenly interested in experiments that disrupt the current scientific publication paradigm. Modern ways to share our research data quickly, clearly, and without as much work for the researcher will only speed up and democratize scientific research. 

News roundup

PREreview new website - PREreview has announced its new website, and its free and open source preprint review platform resulting from the merge between PREreview v1 and Outbreak Science Rapid PREreview.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science - The draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science includes an encouragement of preprints “in order to accelerate dissemination and encourage rapid growth in scientific knowledge".

ASAPbio will participate in

The Whitehead Institute postdoc association will be running a webinar about Review Commons on July 9.

Iratxe will be a speaker at the open science symposium 'Jornada de Ciencia Abierta para los Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria' on June 29 (in Spanish).

Iratxe will speak at the webinar “The what, who, why and how of preprints” on July 9, as part of the Spanish-Portuguese Congress in Plant Biology (BP2021).

Iratxe will participate in the Open Forum “Publishing in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases – 5-10 years outlook” at the 31st annual congress of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID2021) on July 12.

Other events

The EASE conference is running a debate on the proposition "Preprints are going to replace journals" on June 24.
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