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ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology) is a scientist-driven nonprofit with a mission to drive open and innovative communication in the life sciences. We promote the productive use of preprints for research dissemination and transparent peer review and feedback on all research outputs.
As part of our activities we work to foster participation in preprint review, and with this goal, we are coordinating review and feedback on preprints using the crowd review model pioneered by the journal Synlett. In 2022 we are partnering with SciELO Preprints to include the review of preprints in Portuguese. Launched in April 2020, SciELO Preprints is a multilingual, multi-disciplinary preprint server managed by the SciELO Program.
In 2022, our review activities include three areas and associated review groups: cell biology preprints on bioRxiv, biochemistry preprints on bioRxiv, and preprints in Portuguese in infectious diseases fields on SciELO Preprints.
The crowd preprint review involves a group of researchers (‘the crowd’) who will receive a weekly preprint and be invited to provide feedback on the paper via a collaborative Google document.
ASAPbio and SciELO Preprints will select preprints to review among preprints posted to bioRxiv and SciELO Preprints. ASAPbio will then circulate the preprint to each crowd and request comments within the following 14 days. Crowd members can comment on the full paper or on parts of it, according to their interest and/or expertise. Crowd members can use a pseudonym so that their identity is known only to organizers of the review activities, and are not asked to declare competing interests. At the end of the commenting period, a crowd member will generate a collective synthesis of the comments for each paper. The synthesized review will then be posted publicly on the preprint - via the commenting feature on bioRxiv, and via the Hypothes.is commenting feature on SciELO preprints. The service provides no binary or scalar rating or recommendation and does not incorporate responses of the authors or the general public as an integral part of the process, although preprint authors who wish to provide a response may employ the same commenting features on the preprint server.
ASAPbio will moderate interactions among reviewers and the synthesized reviews as necessary, to ensure they align to the FAST principles for preprint feedback.
More information about the crowd preprint review and its workflow is available here: https://asapbio.org/crowd-preprint-review.
Sciety uses the PReF (preprint review features) descriptors to describe key elements of each Group's evaluation activities, helping readers to interpret and compare their evaluations. Learn more.
- Review requested by
- Reviewer selected by
- Public interaction
- Inclusion of author response
- Review coverage
- Complete paper
- Reviewer identity known to
- Editor or service
- Competing interests
- Not included
The crowd preprint review activities are coordinated by:
- Iratxe Puebla
- Jessica Polka
- Alex Mendonça
CC BY license, Creative Commons attribution 4.0.