For years, scientists in the physical sciences have routinely submitted their research papers to preprint servers such as arXiv. Now, there is a growing movement encouraging scientists in the life sciences to move in the preprint direction. In this OA Week episode, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with James Fraser, Associate Professor at UCSF in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and a founding member of ASAPbio, about the scientist-driven mission to promote the use of preprints in the life sciences.
The conversation covers the history of ASAPBio; the advantages of posting manuscripts to a preprint server; the impact preprints have on science journalism; and the relationship between Open Access and preprints.
Interested in learning more? Follow James Fraser on Twitter @fraser_lab and read these links below.
- The Official PLOS Blog on the benefits of preprints
- ASAPbio technical workshop from August 2016
- Fraser Lab Method of Following the Scientific Literature.
- Article about preprints for life sciences (Fraser is an author).
- ASAPbio FAQ on preprints: includes example of CRISPR for establishing primacy.
- Matt Shipman episode on scicomm included discussion of scicomm and preprints.
- Example of science journalist reporting on a preprint: Carl Zimmer on Stephen Hawking’s arXiv paper
- Before it was cool: the “Hipster Science” aka preprint version of James’ colleague’s paper on Hsp90.