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25th October 2016

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Preprints: biomedical science publication in the era of Twitter and Facebook

This event will be focused on ‘preprints’ in the biomedical sciences: what they are, what they are not, their benefits and uses. Preprints are well established in the Physical sciences where for over 20 years, arXiv has been playing a leading role as a vehicle for the dissemination and discussion of new results and theories. A few years ago, Cold Spring Harbour launched a bio version of arXiv, BioRxiv which is increasingly being used by the biomedical community in the way physicists use arXiv. BioRxiv is not the only preprint server. While the community has some concerns on what preprints represent and how they can be used, there is momentum for their use as an outlet for new findings. This event aims to address these issues by bringing together Funders, publishers and users and follows that initiative in the hope to open a discussion on the pros and cons, present and future of preprints in the UK biomedical community.

Biomedical publishing faces significant challenges that affect career development as well as the delivery of the benefits of new discoveries. Preprints are a new dimension to the current situation, one that can revolutionize the way we communicate Biology. In some ways it can free us from the increasing gridlock of conventional publishing. It is in this context that a few months ago the ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology)  initiative was launched (visit their website for information: http://asapbio.org/) and we feel it is important that this discussions extend throughout the community.



14:00 Welcome and introduction: Alfonso Martinez Arias


14:05 John Inglis (bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor)

14:25 Mark Patterson (eLife)

14:40 Katherine Brown (Company of Biologists)


14:55 Hannah Hope (Wellcome Trust)

15: 10 Sophia Abbasi (BBSRC)

15:25 Q and A

15:45 – 16:00 Break


16:00 Steven Royle (University of Warwick)

16:15 Ray Goldstein (University of Cambridge)

16:25 Aylwyn Scally (University of Cambridge)

16:35 Sudhakaran Prabakaran (University of Cambridge)

16:45 Brian Hendrich (University of Cambridge)

16:55 Discussion

17:30 End

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