preLights gets an update

5th May 2021

A (mini) makeover You might have noticed last week that the preLights interface had a bit of an update. When the preLights website originally launched, the navigation bar was designed to be a dropdown menu on the left-hand side of the page. This format is optimal for mobile browsing – and will continue to display[…]

Call for preLighters – deadline extended until 21 May

4th May 2021

We have extended our call for preLighters until 21 May, so there’s still plenty of time to get involved. We are seeking early-career researchers (PhD students, postdocs, early-stage PIs) who are passionate about preprints and enjoy writing and communicating science. We welcome researchers from across the biological sciences, but are particularly interested in applicants with[…]

Call for new preLighters

7th April 2021

preLights, The Company of Biologist’s preprint highlighting service, recently celebrated its third birthday. At the heart of preLights is the community of early-career researchers who select and highlight interesting preprints across diverse fields. Over the last three years we have had over 1000 preLights posts published on the site, and we’re very happy that an[…]

Meet Helen Robertson, the new preLights Community Manager

23rd March 2021

Hello everyone! My name is Helen and I’m happy to introduce myself as the new preLights Community Manager. preLights is a brilliant resource for navigating preprints and encouraging discussion about new science, and I’m excited to build on the preLights website and community that Máté has led for the last few years. My PhD at[…]

It’s our birthday- preLights turns three!

22nd February 2021

    After months of preparation, which included discussing ideas with researchers, building and testing the website, and recruiting the first group of preLighters, The Company of Biologists launched preLights on 20 February 2018, with 28 highlights on the site. Three years and over a thousand preLight posts later, we are pleased with how this[…]

preLighters are hosting the next webinar in the ‘Development presents’ series – come and join us!

28th January 2021

The preLights team will be in control of the next webinar in the Development presents… series (run by the journal Development). Three preLighters with interests in developmental biology – Sundar Naganathan, Irepan Salvador-Martinez and Grace Lim – have each invited authors of recent exciting preprints to give talks. The preLighters will chair the talks and the[…]

preLights in 2020

1st January 2021

Looking back at 2020, we have a lot to thank our preLighter community and our readers! It was our busiest year since launch with 434 preLight posts, and we were thrilled that 251 of them contained an author’s response. The preLighters were also busy with projects related to COVID-19 preprints, and we posted several interviews[…]

Updating and automating the website during the eLife Sprint 2020

13th October 2020

By Zhang-He Goh, Jonny Coates, Hugo Gruson Cross-posted with rOpenSci   At the eLife Sprint in September 2020, we revamped the website, which aims at featuring landmark preprints on a timeline of the pandemic. The birth of the project The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to about 35 million confirmed cases and over a[…]