Episode 51

51: Preprints (with Jessica Polka)


October 6th, 2017

56 mins 14 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, Dan and James are joined by Jessica Polka, Director of ASAPbio, to chat about preprints.


  • What is ASAPbio?
  • Differences between the publication processes in the biological sciences vs. the biomedical sciences
  • Common concerns with preprints
  • Media embargoes
  • How peer review isn’t necessarily a mark of quality
  • Do preprints make it harder to curate information?
  • Specialty preprint servers vs. broad servers?
  • How well do you need to format your preprint?
  • How do you bring up preprints to lab heads and PIs?
  • An example of a good preprint experience from Dan
  • Using preprints for your grant applications
  • What Jessica has changed her mind about
  • The one article that Jessica thinks everyone should read


Jessica's Twitter account - @jessicapolka
ASAPbio - http://asapbio.org & @asapbio_
Rescuing Biomedical science conference 2014 resources - http://rescuingbiomedicalresearch.org/events/
Sherpa/Romeo - http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/index.php
PaleoArxiv - https://osf.io/preprints/paleorxiv
Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures paper - https://figshare.com/articles/Principles_for_Open_Scholarly_Infrastructures_v1/1314859

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