Supporting Authors to Disseminate Research Through Preprint Publication

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24 August 2020 | Carmel McNamara, IOS Press, Amsterdam, NL
Authors who submit to IOS Press journals can also post their work as preprints in online repositories. A number of journals facilitate this process following the principles of open science, for instance Data Science ensures that all submitted papers are made available as preprints before the reviewing starts – which uses digital infrastructure and workflow technologies developed by IOS Press – while StemJournal encourages the posting of public preprints prior to submission, with further preprint options made available on its website via the StemRxiv portal. This gives researchers options to submit and search preprints, using a new feature developed for our Drupal-based websites. 

Preprint search functionality available for our Drupal-based websites

by Carmel McNamara, IOS Press, Amsterdam, NL

Authors who submit to IOS Press journals can also post their work as preprints in online repositories. A number of journals facilitate this process following the principles of open science, for instance Data Science ensures that all submitted papers are made available as preprints before the reviewing starts – which uses digital infrastructure and workflow technologies developed by IOS Press (more on that story in a future blog post) – while StemJournal encourages the posting of public preprints prior to submission, with further preprint options made available on its website via the StemRxiv portal. This gives researchers options to submit and search preprints, using a new feature developed for our Drupal-based websites. 

StemJournal is an open access forum for stem cell research and, earlier this year, a new feature was launched on its website in the form of StemRxiv (pronounced “stem archive”), which is all about preprints. It is a portal that provides researchers with the options to search and submit preprints across all areas of stem cell research.

Let’s backtrack a moment in case anyone is thinking: “preprints… say what?” A preprint is a version of a scientific manuscript that is uploaded by the authors to a public server, which can receive informal feedback that the authors can decide to act on when revising their manuscripts before formally submitting to a journal (or not). Preprints are normally given a digital object identifier (DOI) so they can be cited in the scientific literature and they bring with them many benefits from the authors’ perspective, including raising their profile, widening reach, establishing a record of priority and attribution of credit, gaining visibility, etc. They are also a record of a manuscript’s journey and give the possibility to be transparent and openly share work. If you have any questions about preprints, maybe you’ll find the answer here.

 

Search preprints

The unique aspect of StemRxiv is that it is a dedicated portal for stem cell researchers to discover the latest research findings before they are published in peer-reviewed journals. It is the one place to visit to uncover the latest updates by browsing preprint literature without having to leave the StemJournal website. Users can (a) search for stem cell content via a single point of access; or (b) search preprints by general topics and/or predefined categories. The search delivers the preprint results by trawling Europe PMC and has been installed and developed for the site by the IOS Press team (see below).

 

StemRxiv is an open access preprints portal

SEARCH FUNCTION
The search functionality that has been developed and embedded into the StemJournal website is only possible thanks to the structure of the site – and all of our Drupal-based websites, including this one you are reading this article on right now. The design and infrastructure allows for flexibility to personalize the sites according to the needs of each journal. Any of our Drupal-based journal websites can incorporate this feature, which utilizes an API in the search functionality. Discover more about the digital building blogs incorporated into the website development here.
 

Transfer preprints from bioRxiv and medRxiv to StemJournal

Submit preprints

Another key aspect of StemRxiv is that researchers can submit preprints via the site. This can be done through a regular submission to StemJournal and we will automatically transfer it on the author’s behalf to either of the bioRxiv or medRxiv preprint servers. The second option is to simply click the buttons on our submit page to send preprints directly to those platforms. 

One additional benefit is that we facilitate an easy transition for the authors to submit their final manuscript for consideration in the journal. Authors with a preprint already on bioRxiv and medRxiv can arrange a "direct transfer" to StemJournal.
 

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