ASAPbio newsletter September 2022

August Community Call Highlights, Preprint Reviewer Recruitment Network deadline, and more

How to promote equity in the visibility, curation and evaluation of preprints? Key takeaways from the August Community Call

Whether a preprint will get noticed depends on many factors. Ideally, the quality or the relevance of its scientific findings will be of primary importance, but this is not always the case. 

During our August Community Call, our speakers: Bianca Kramer from Sesame Open Science and Maurine Neiman from the University of Iowa, discussed barriers to equitable sharing and promotion of preprints and presented initiatives and ideas to address and overcome these challenges. Read the summary on our blog.
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 public preprint reviews or comments by September 30!
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Raising awareness about preprints in Sudan

On July 19, the ASAPbio Fellow Ehssan Moglad hosted a workshop about preprints and open science at the National Center for Research in Khartoum (Sudan). The different lectures explored what preprints are, the benefits they bring to science communication and to researchers, and their place in open science. The event provided an opportunity to raise awareness about preprints in the region, you can read more about the workshop at our blog post

ASAPbio is happy to support members of our community in raising awareness about preprints. Would you like to host a local event at your institution? You can apply for support for the event here

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.

Kasturi Mahadik
I am an FRM postdoc at the Epigenetics and Cell Fate Unit, Paris. In Claire Rougeulle's laboratory, we aim to decipher the intricacies of X chromosome inactivation at various points in life and across species, focusing on roles of long non-coding RNAs. I am a graduate of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where I worked on innate immunity and host-pathogen interactions honing in on responsive cell signaling pathways.

I choose to be a part of the ASAPbio Fellows program to leverage this identity and community towards improving the preprint dialogue.

Nicolás Hinrichs
I’m a research group leader as part of my first postdoc at IALT – Universität Leipzig. Our main focus is translation phenomena and we’re tackling them from both a computational as well as psycho- and neurolinguistic perspective. I also am very interested in philosophy of neuroscience and have some side projects on this going on as well.

I think taking part in science is not so much related to capacities but opportunities, which is why I’m a fan of widespread, accessible distribution of discoveries, to enable anyone to take part in the process of getting to them.

Richard Hembrom
I am currently a PhD student at the Department of Plant Anatomy, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). My research interests lie in abiotic stresses, and I aim to improve our understanding of the photosynthetic repair mechanisms associated with extreme drought tolerance during long periods of water withholding. 

I came to know about the ASAPbio Fellows Program through my PhD supervisor. I did not have any second thoughts about joining the program. It is fun to connect with people with similar interests and enthusiasm. More importantly, I would like to know more about preprints and contribute to the scientific community in whatever ways possible.

Sreeranjini Pulakkat
I’m currently working as a D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. My research interests have been majorly focused on nanomedicine and drug delivery including the development and characterization of polyelectrolyte nanocapsules, colloidal nanoparticles and phospholipid based nanocarriers for targeted delivery of anticancer therapeutics.

A lot of researchers in India don’t have access to paywalled research papers and at the same time cannot afford to publish open access. I feel that preprints are an amazing opportunity to communicate your work in a timely manner with increased visibility.

News roundup

'Esforço coletivo na avaliação de preprints' FAPESP has written an article discussing the crowd preprint review initiative, focusing on the collaboration between ASAPbio and SciELO Preprints to review infectious diseases preprints in Portuguese posted on SciELO Preprints (article in Portuguese).

The US Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memo with policy guidance requiring that, from 2026, publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research be made publicly accessible without embargo.

Europe PMC presented 'Science, trust and preprints - what changes are needed?' at the Reproducibility, Replicability and Trust in Science conference. The presentation and the poster are available to view. 

'Call for new preLighters' preLights, The Company of Biologists’ preprint highlighting service is looking for preLighters who will select and write about interesting preprints in different fields of biology. Early career researchers who wish to apply should send their application to by 30 September 2022.

'Nature's Take: what's next for the preprint revolution' Nick Petrić Howe, Elizabeth Gibney, Ehsan Masood & Zoltan Fehervari discuss how preprints can provide a way to rapidly engage with published results (for example, by quickly posting another preprint confirming or debunking prior published research), how preprints accelerated rapid sharing of scientific information in the pandemic, how preprints are covered in the media, and the general public’s trust in science.

'Five Years of ChemRxiv: Where We Are and Where We Go From Here' The article summarizes the five years of ChemRxiv since its launch in 2017, the benefits that researchers see in preprints as well as potential perceived concerns, and the server's plans for the future.


ASAPbio will participate in

The call for submissions to the Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencia Abierta (November 23-24) is still open for the categories Research articles/Trabajos de investigación and infographics/Infografías o poster. Deadline for submissions is September 30. More about the congress at

Jessica will speak at the Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2022 conference; the event is taking place on October 27-28 in Zurich and online. 

Iratxe Puebla and ASAPbio Fellow Pablo Ranea Robles will speak at 'Putting researchers in control: Preprints as a versatile tool for open science' on October 27 as part of Open Access week. 

Other events

Peer Review Week 2022 is taking place September 19-23, with the theme ‘Research Integrity: Creating and supporting trust in research.'

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