bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
Articles are not peer-reviewed, edited, or typeset before being posted online. However, all articles undergo a basic screening process for offensive and/or non-scientific content and are checked for plagiarism. No endorsement of an article’s methods, assumptions, conclusions, or scientific quality by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is implied by its appearance in bioRxiv. An article may be posted prior to, or concurrently with, submission to a journal but should not be posted if it has already been published.
Authors may submit a revised version of an article to bioRxiv at any time (prior to publication in a journal). Once posted on bioRxiv, articles are citable and therefore cannot be removed.
bioRxiv accepts preprints of articles covering all aspects of research in the life sciences. When posting an article, the author assigns it to one of the following categories:
Articles in the physical sciences, mathematics, or social sciences should only be posted on bioRxiv if they have direct relevance to the life sciences. Articles in these areas that are not relevant to life sciences should instead be posted on servers such as arXiv, which bioRxiv is intended to complement.
Articles in bioRxiv are categorized as New Results, Confirmatory Results, or Contradictory Results. New Results describe an advance in a field. Confirmatory Results largely replicate and confirm previously published work, whereas Contradictory Results largely replicate experimental approaches used in previously published work but the results contradict and/or do not
Readers may add public comments to articles on bioRxiv. Comments are moderated to ensure they conform to the standards of normal professional discourse. Readers are also free to contact authors directly.
TERMS OF DISTRIBUTION
Authors retain copyright and choose from several distribution/reuse options under which to make the article available (CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-ND, CC-BY-NC-ND, or no reuse). By posting on bioRxiv, authors explicitly consent to text mining of their work (e.g., by search engines or researchers).
bioRxiv reserves the right to identify and remove any articles that contain plagiarized material or describe experimental work that is not performed in accordance with the relevant ethical standards for research using animals or human subjects.
Preprints deposited in bioRxiv can be cited using their digital object identifier (doi).
Example: Author AN, Author BT. 2013. My article title. bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/123456
DIRECT TRANSFER FROM BIORXIV TO JOURNALS OR PEER REVIEW SERVICES (B2J)
bioRxiv can save authors time in submitting papers to journals or peer review services by transmitting their manuscript files and metadata directly from bioRxiv. This means authors do not have to spend time re-loading manuscript files and re-entering author information at the journal or peer review service website. Partners currently participating in B2J are listed below (scroll to view full list).
- Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
- Applied and Environmental Microbiology
- Axios Review [independent peer review]
- BMC Biology
- Biology Open
- Biophysical Journal
- Clinical and Vaccine Immunology
- Disease Models & Mechanisms
- The EMBO Journal
- EMBO Molecular Medicine
- EMBO Reports
- G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
- Genome Biology
- Genome Research
- Infection and Immunity
- Journal of Bacteriology
- Journal of Biological Chemistry
- The Journal of Cell Biology
- Journal of Cell Science
- Journal of Clinical Microbiology
- Journal of Experimental Biology
- The Journal of Experimental Medicine
- The Journal of General Physiology
- The Journal of Immunology
- Journal of Lipid Research
- Journal of Neurophysiology
- The Journal of Neuroscience
- Journal of Virology
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Molecular & Cellular Proteomics
- Molecular Biology of the Cell
- Molecular Systems Biology
- The Plant Cell
- Plant Physiology
- PLOS Computational Biology
- PLOS Genetics
- PLOS Medicine
- PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
- PLOS One
- PLOS Pathogens
Once an article is published in a journal, bioRxiv will automatically update the preprint with a link to the published version.
JOURNAL PREPRINT POLICIES
Most research journals allow posting on preprint servers such as bioRxiv prior to publication. A list of journal policies can be found on Wikipedia and SHERPA/RoMEO. Authors should consult these lists and other sources of information before posting on bioRxiv.