ASAPbio newsletter volume 38

#FeedbackASAP meeting, Review Commons webinar and more

#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. Read more about the meeting at: 

Register for #FeedbackASAP

Review Commons webinar

July 9, 5:30pm BST | 6:30pm CEST | 12:30pm EDT | 9:30am PDT 

We're pleased to collaborate with the Whitehead Institute postdoc association to present a webinar about Review Commons. Join co-founders Ron Vale & Maria Leptin, project lead Thomas Lemberger, Managing Editor Sara Monaco, and Review Commons author Harmit Malik to discuss the journal-independent peer review platform, why it’s needed, and how it works.

Register for Review Commons webinar
Call to action to address information overload in the scholarly literature 

In the post 'Addressing information overload in scholarly literature', ASAPbio Fellow Christine Ferguson and Martin Fenner discuss the challenges of information overload and the potential for new filter options to help researchers promptly find the latest relevant preprints, for example, via a newsletter filtered by a minimal number of tweets and broken down by subject area.

Interested in helping tackle information overload in the life sciences? Leave a comment on the blog post or contact Christine & Martin.

Using preprint reviews to drive journal peer review 

In response to a call by a group of publishers and organisations to openly and rapidly share and review COVID-19 research, over 2,000 reviewers signed up last year to provide rapid reviews of COVID-19 papers. In their blog post, Daniela Saderi and Sarah Greaves discuss what they learnt about editors’ use of the reviews posted on COVID-19 preprints and explore what needs to change to help close the loop between crowdsourced preprint and journal-organized peer review.

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.

Sree Rama Chaitanya Sridhara

I just started as a postdoctoral research associate at the CDFD, India. We are broadly interested in understanding how chromatin (histone post-translational modifications and transcription) works through the mammalian cell cycle; which often goes haywire in pathological conditions like in cancer cells. 

I was a very conventional scientist and did not know about the preprint world until I joined the preLights community last year – an eye-opener. I realized preprints not only spearhead a research area but if I don’t read one, I would be lagging almost a year behind. 

Shelby Bachman

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. My work is focused on the brain's locus coeruleus-noradrenaline system. I use behavioral, psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods to study how neuromodulation modulates attention and memory across the adult lifespan. 

I am excited about all efforts to make science more open and accessible to the public, as well as innovative ways to share results.  

Charlie Manning

I currently work as the Open Science Manager at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (FUSF) as well as consulting on various other internal projects. As Open Science Manager I have spearheaded the development of a comprehensive Open Science Policy for FUSF-funded research that is now active, as well as communicated extensively with journals in our research ecosystem regarding their Open Science policies vis-à-vis our own. 

In the realm of scientific communication I am most excited about emphasizing to actors in the research space (both funders and researchers) the importance of conducting science with a priority on honoring scientific values and best practice. 

News roundup

'What we have learned about preprints' - As the journal moves to only review manuscripts already posted as preprints, eLife discusses feedback they gathered from their community, reservations about preprints expressed by authors, and how they can be addressed.

'The Invisible Clothing of Peer Review – Basic Science' - Olavo Amaral questions the reliance on peer review by the scientific community and argues that we should build a trustmark for research works that goes beyond whether they have been “peer-reviewed”.

'Peer Review Week 2021 Explores the Role of Identity in Peer Review' - This year's Peer Review Week theme is Identity in Peer Review. The event will aim to highlight the role of personal and social identity in peer review and ways the scholarly community can foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive peer review practices.

ASAPbio will participate in

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).

Jessica will participate in the session ‘ Open and faster scholarly communication in a post-COVID world’ on July 9 as part of the Jisc and CNI leaders conference.

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.

Iratxe will speak at a session on preprints on July 26, as part of the SEB Careers Week 2021.
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