ASAPbio newsletter January 2022

 FAST principles for preprint feedback, crowd preprint review trial outcomes and more

FAST principles for preprint feedback

To address the cultural barriers that remain around participation in preprint review, we need to collectively agree on the norms and behaviors we expect when creating, responding to, and interpreting preprint feedback. The ASAPbio preprint review cultural norms working group has developed a set of principles underpinning a positive and constructive approach to preprint feedback: the FAST principles. The 14 principles are clustered around four themes: Focused, Appropriate, Specific, and Transparent (FAST), and are relevant for all the actors involved in preprint feedback: authors, reviewers and the community.

Read more about the FAST principles on the preprint describing the principles and in our blog post. We encourage use of the FAST principles and welcome feedback!

What we learned from the crowd preprint review trial

In autumn 2021 we coordinated a trial to develop crowd preprint reviews and post them publicly. We posted 14 public reviews for preprints and saw a high engagement in commenting among trial participants. We also learned a few things about aspects of author and reviewer participation in preprint review, you can learn more about the trial outcomes on our blog post.

We believe that the crowd review format can be used by journal clubs and other groups to develop their own public reviews for preprints; to help any communities who would like to try this out, we have shared a toolkit to start and coordinate your own crowd preprint review activity.

A guide to preprinting for early career researchers

Many early career researchers (ECRs) are interested in preprints, but the decision on whether to preprint their next research paper often does not lie with them. The 2021 ASAPbio Fellows Cassandra Ettinger, Madhumala Sadanandappa, Kıvanç Görgülü, Karen Coghlan and Ken Hallenbeck have developed a guide for ECRs who are considering preprinting, to raise awareness about preprint options and support ECRs as they have these conversations with their co-authors and advisers. You can find this guide, as a preprint of course, at

The prospects of preprints in Bangladesh

Next week we are pleased to collaborate with Community of Biotechnology to host a joint event about preprints for the Bangladeshi research community. We'll discuss the benefits of preprints for researchers and readers, and explore what the next years may hold for adoption of preprints in Bangladesh. The event will take place on January 18 at 7pm Dhaka (1pm GMT | 8am EST). You can register your place here.

News roundup

' Reaches a Milestone and a Reckoning' - This piece in Scientific American discusses the preprint server arXiv on the back of it reaching the milestone of two million preprints.

'Preprints: Their Evolving Role in Science Communication’ - We are pleased to share that we have published a Charleston Briefing on preprints, a collaboration with Oya Rieger. The Briefing covers different aspects of preprints, including the current landscape, preprint commentary and review, the interface between preprints and publishing, and the open questions and areas that may receive attention in coming years.


ASAPbio will participate in

Jessica will speak at the session 'The future of academic publishing' as part of the Paris Open Science European Conference on February 4.

In collaboration with PREreview, we will host a session on ‘Preprint review: addressing cultural barriers on the path for a more positive and inclusive review ecosystem’ on February 15 as part of NISO Plus 2022.

We will host a discussion around ‘Peer Review Beyond the Journal’ on February 23 as part of the Researcher 2 Reader conference.
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