About bioRxiv

bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.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Articles are not peer-reviewed, edited, or typeset before being posted online.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. 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 and can update the bioRxiv record with a link to a version of an article that has been published in a journal. Once posted on bioRxiv, articles are citable and therefore cannot be removed.

SCOPE

bioRxiv accepts preprints of articles covering all aspects of research in the life sciences but does not accept clinical studies or clinical trials. When posting an article, the author assigns it to one of the following categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Paleontology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Scientific Communication
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Zoology

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.

ARTICLE CATEGORIES

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
support it.

Advisory Board

  • Anurag Acharya
    (Google)
  • Rick Anderson
    (University of Utah)
  • Jonathan Eisen
    (UC Davis)
  • Paul Ginsparg
    (Cornell and arXiv)
  • Eric Green
    (Bethesda)
  • Hopi Hoekstra
    (Harvard)
  • Leonid Kruglyak
    (UCLA and HHMI)
  • Frank Norman
    (MRC NIMR)
  • Bernd Pulverer
    (EMBO)
  • John Sack
    (Stanford)
  • Sandra Schmid
    (UT Southwestern)
  • Pamela Silver
    (Harvard)
  • Leslie Vosshall
    (Rockefeller University)
  • Fiona Watt
    (King's College London)
  • Mike Wigler
    (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

CITATION

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

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.

COMMENTING

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.

JOURNAL PREPRINT POLICIES

Many research journals, including all Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press titles (Genome Research, Genes & Development, and Learning & Memory), EMBO Journal, Nature journals, Science, eLife, and all PLOS journals allow posting on preprint servers such as bioRxiv prior to publication. A few journals will not consider articles that have been posted to preprint servers. 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.

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