(Note: an additional FAQ relating to more in-depth submission processes can be found here)
Are bioRxiv preprints peer-reviewed?
Articles submitted to bioRxiv are not peer-reviewed, edited, or typeset before being posted online.
Are submissions to bioRxiv scrutinized before posting?
All articles are screened on submission for offensive, dangerous, and/or non-scientific content and are checked for plagiarism.
Is there a charge for posting articles to bioRxiv?
There is no fee to submit articles to bioRxiv.
How long does it take for a preprint to appear on bioRxiv?
Preprints usually appear on bioRxiv on the day of submission or the next day.
What is bioRxiv’s Impact Factor?
bioRxiv is not a journal so it has no Impact Factor.
Which journals allow posting of preprints prior to submission?
Most basic research journals will consider manuscripts that were posted on bioRxiv and other preprint servers prior to submission. A list of journal policies can be found on Wikipedia, as maintained by individual publishers, and SHERPA/RoMEO. Authors should consult these lists and other sources of information before posting on bioRxiv.
What types of content can be posted on bioRxiv?
bioRxiv is for the distribution of preprints, which are complete but unpublished research articles. Research articles reporting new, confirmatory, or contradictory findings may be posted. Individual components of research articles such as figures, tables, and data sets are not appropriate for posting to bioRxiv. bioRxiv does not permit the posting of news, product advertisements, teaching materials, policy statements, theses, dissertations, student projects, recipes and simple protocols.
Can I post a review article on bioRxiv?
bioRxiv is intended for rapid sharing of new research. Some review articles contain new data/theory/analyses and may therefore be deemed appropriate. Reviews that primarily summarize existing knowledge are not appropriate and neither are term papers, textbook excerpts, and undergraduate dissertations.
Can I post methods or protocols on bioRxiv?
Research articles summarizing new experimental or computational methods are appropriate and may include step-by-step protocols. Step-by-step protocols alone are not sufficient and must be placed in the context of a complete research article that includes elements such as introduction, results, and discussion.
Can I post a response on bioRxiv to a paper published in a journal?
bioRxiv is intended for the rapid sharing of new research and not for commentary that simply contests or rebuts research published in journals. However, articles that augment or challenge earlier work with bona fide new data and/or complete re-analyses of published data sets may be deemed appropriate for the Contradictory Results section of bioRxiv.
Can I post a manuscript that is not in English?
Only articles submitted in English can be posted on bioRxiv.
Who holds copyright for bioRxiv preprints?
Authors retain copyright of their articles and choose from a number of distribution/reuse options.
Can bioRxiv articles be reposted elsewhere?
The copyright selected by the author on each article determines the licensing parameters for reuse. The copyright for each article is displayed beneath the Abstract and on the Info/History page.
What file formats are acceptable when submitting my article?
Authors may submit either a single PDF file to bioRxiv or individual text and figure files, which then undergo automated PDF conversion. Text files should be submitted as Word, WordPerfect, or PDF files. Authors must convert TeX files (including LaTeX) to PDF prior to submission. If images and tables are submitted as separate files, acceptable file formats are GIF, TIFF, EPS, and JPEG, as well as most common word-processing formats for tables. Supplemental files are posted “as is” and can be submitted in a wide range of file formats.
Can I submit an article to bioRxiv that I have submitted to a journal?
An article must be submitted to bioRxiv before it is accepted by a journal. If an article has been submitted to a journal but not yet been accepted for publication, it can be submitted to bioRxiv.
Can I remove an article that has already posted on bioRxiv?
Articles posted on bioRxiv cannot be removed.
How do I unsubscribe from one or more Subject Area Alerts from bioRxiv?
You can add or remove Subject Area Alerts at any time by checking or unchecking subject categories from the Sign Up for Subject Area Alerts page.
NOTE: If you have registered for bioRxiv alerts with more than one email address, to change the alerts for a specific email address you will need to log in explicitly with that email address. To accomplish this, please begin from a different browser, ideally one that you do not use often, which should force you to sign in with your email address (the one you want to associate with changes) before linking to the Alerts page noted above.
Can I revise my preprint?
An article posted on bioRxiv can be revised at any time, until it is accepted for publication. Note, however, that some journals request that authors do not post versions that include changes made in response to the journal’s reviewers’ comments.
How do I submit a revised version of my article?
To submit a revised version of an article, select “Submit a revision” within the Author area. The revision will be posted under the same DOI and the original version of the manuscript will remain accessible in the Info/History tab on the article page. If the content of the manuscript has changed significantly and you wish it to be considered as a different article with a different DOI, then you should submit it as a new manuscript, not a revision.
How can I correct errors in my preprint?
To correct errors in your article or Supplementary file, please submit a revised version of your article.
I have changes to my Supplemental files but not to my previously posted bioRxiv article. Do I need to resubmit a new version of my article when I submit revised Supplemental files?
The bioRxiv article must accompany revised Supplemental files, even if no changes are made to the article file itself.
Can I choose more than one subject category for my preprint?
Only one subject area can be selected for an article on bioRxiv.
Can I submit my article to a journal directly from bioRxiv?
I would like to submit my article to a journal but this option does not appear to be available. Why is this?
The most likely reason is that you have started but not completed a revision. If this is the case, please complete the submission of the latest version, which will then be available for transfer to a journal.
How can my preprint on bioRxiv be linked to the journal version when it is published?
bioRxiv will usually automatically add a link to the published version within approximately two (2) weeks of journal publication. The corresponding author should receive an email from bioRxiv requesting confirmation of the link. On rare occasions a match is not made because the title or authors have changed. Please wait 2-3 weeks before contacting bioRxiv staff should the link not appear.
Does bioRxiv provide metrics for articles?
Metrics can be found on each preprint's Metrics tab. Article usage based on Abstract and PDF views is updated daily. In addition, altmetrics are provided that track attention to the article in blogs, tweets, news reports, and other media.
Can I comment on a bioRxiv preprint?
You can comment below the Abstract area of each version of an article.
Where are bioRxiv preprints indexed?
bioRxiv preprints are indexed by Google, Google Scholar, CrossRef, Meta, and other search tools. They are not indexed by Web of Science.