Recently, the daily news site of the journal Science announced the creation of a preprint server for Biology. Like for other disciplines with a preprint tradition (e.g., Physics: arXiv, Economics: RePEc), bioRxiv will serve as a platform for biologists to present new ideas and research to their community. Preprints serve as a document type used to introduce the results of new research within a scholarly community for initial review and feedback.
“BioRxiv, launched yesterday by the nonprofit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), aims to be biologists’ version of arXiv, the popular preprint server where physicists have shared their draft manuscripts for more than 20 years. The goal is to speed the dissemination of research and give scientists a way to get feedback on their papers before they are formally peer-reviewed.”