PLOS and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory extend


The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced an extension of its long-standing partnership to give authors more options to quickly and easily share their research before publication in a journal. Since this month, three PLOS reviews, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS ONE, will offer authors the possibility of automatically uploading their manuscript to the preprint server medRxiv for viewing as a preprint.

The practice of sharing preprints is increasingly common in medicine, with more preprints published since early 2020 than in the previous four years combined. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to much of the increase in preprint sharing in medicine and has demonstrated the benefits of prompt and responsible sharing of results before traditional peer review.

“Since 2018, thanks to our partnership with CSHL, we have published thousands of manuscripts in the form of preprints on bioRxiv on behalf of researchers in the biological sciences,” said Véronique Kiermer, Scientific Director of PLOS. “I think our support, as editors, has helped authors gain the confidence to share their results prior to official publication. We are excited to extend this service to authors in the medical sciences, enabling early and responsible sharing of important research results to accelerate research. It has never been more important.

“PLOS has been a valued partner in transforming bioRxiv’s communication between bioscientists,” said John Inglis, co-founder of medRxiv and bioRxiv at CSHL. “The additional support from such an innovative publisher for the service of medRxiv to the health sciences research community is extremely encouraging. “

The medRxiv Preprint Server was launched by CSHL in June 2019 as a non-profit community author service, independent from the publisher but integrated with many journals. It currently houses more than 27,500 manuscripts from 153,000 researchers in 140 countries. PLOS is the first publisher to implement this “journal to medRxiv” integration via the Editorial Manager journal submission system and across PLOS ONE. PLOS ONE alone received over 19,000 public health and medical submissions in 2020.

Responsible pre-publication is essential, especially in areas that have an impact on public health and well-being. MedRxiv has worked closely with leading medical journal editors to develop a rigorous pre-print screening process. In-house screening looks for unscientific content, plagiarism, potentially identifiable patient information, and ethical approval statements, while volunteer researchers with relevant expertise assess each preprint to confirm that the publication will pose no risk to them. patients or public health.

PLOS is committed to improving the integrity of preprints and the confidence in them as search results. A key part of its mission has been to act as a catalyst, not only demonstrating the viability of new models through its own operations, but also supporting them elsewhere. PLOS has been successful in steadily increasing the adoption of preprints by its authors. 14% of all PLOS papers published in 2020 have an associated preprint, a figure that is largely attributable to authors of life science studies who have used our integration with bioRxiv. PLOS receives an even greater volume of submissions in the fields of public health and medicine, and the addition of medRxiv alongside our existing bioRxiv integration will extend the facilitated ease of publication to more researchers across the world. world.

About the Public Science Library

PLOS is a nonprofit, open access publisher that empowers researchers to accelerate advances in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Since our founding in 2001, PLOS journals have helped break down the boundaries of research communication to provide more opportunity, choice and context for researchers and readers. For more information visit

About the Cold Spring Harbor Lab

Founded in 1890, the 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, non-profit laboratory employs 1,000 people, including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses program welcomes more than 12,000 scientists each year. The education arm of the Laboratory also includes an academic publishing house, graduate school, and the DNA Learning Center with programs for college, high school, and undergraduate students and teachers. For more information visit

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