SAN FRANCISCO and COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announced today an agreement that enables the automatic posting of research articles submitted to PLOS journals on bioRxiv, CSHL’s preprint server for life sciences.

PLOS will perform initial manuscript screening, covering scope, plagiarism, and previous publication, and basic ethical and technical criteria. Articles will then post automatically to bioRxiv. By allowing their submission to be posted on bioRxiv, authors accelerate the dissemination of their work and invite commentary, which the PLOS editors will evaluate as part of peer review. Authors may choose to opt-out of this process when they submit papers. 

“The opportunity to partner with a like-minded organization like CSHL to realize a longstanding goal is a strategy for us moving forward,” said Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer, PLOS. “A key part of our mission has always been to act as a catalyst, demonstrating the viability of new models through our operations and supporting them elsewhere. In the case of preprints, we can magnify our impact by partnering and helping shape how that future develops for content on bioRxiv.”

“Helping researchers communicate at the speed of science has been the principal goal of bioRxiv since its launch.” said John Inglis, co-founder of bioRxiv at CSHL, “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with PLOS to offer that benefit more authors who are ready to share their work and open it up to the community response and feedback that bioRxiv makes possible.”

bioRxiv was initiated by CSHL in November 2013 and received major support in May 2017 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. It hosts over 20,000 manuscripts with a rapidly rising rate of submission. 

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campuses in Long Island and in Suzhou, China. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu

About Public Library of Science

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. The PLOS suite of journals contains rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access research articles from all areas of science and medicine, together with expert commentary and analysis. In addition to journals, the organization advances innovations in scientific communication through Channels, Collections, Communities and the PLOS Blog Network. www.plos.org

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