preLights is participating in the #PreprintReviewChallenge

24th August 2020

On 22 September preLights will be joining ASAPbio for the #PreprintReviewChallenge as part of Peer Review Week 2020. In a live session hosted online, we will get together to write constructive comments and reviews on preprints, with the aim to develop the largest collection of public commentary on preprinted research in a single day.  In[…]

preLights webinar with Jessica Polka: Commenting on preprints

21st May 2020

We recently started an internal webinar series for the preLights community to discuss topics such as effective scientific writing, new developments in preprints, innovations in publishing and peer review, or science outreach. For our second webinar we were honoured to have Jessica Polka, Executive Director of ASAPbio, join us as a guest speaker. Jessica gave[…]

preLights featured on Nature Index

20th May 2020

We are thrilled that Nature Index has highlighted preLights in a new post that discusses platforms that review and curate preprints. With a special emphasis on the surge in COVID-19 preprints, the article also features the website and quotes from Jonny Coates, the preLighter who built the website, and Mate Palfy, the community manager[…]

Project by preLighters selected for the eLife Sprint

28th April 2020

We are delighted that the project was selected for the 2020 eLife Innovation Sprint. The team at the Sprint, which will be lead by Gautam Dey, Jonny Coates and Zhang-He Goh, is looking for the help of software developers and data scientists to give advice on how to efficiently extract and collate data across[…]

The preLights community build a new website for landmark coronavirus preprints

3rd April 2020

Over the course of three months, more than a thousand coronavirus preprints have been posted. A group of preLighters has now created the website to feature landmark studies and place them on a timeline of the pandemic. In the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with currently over one million confirmed cases worldwide and 50,000 deaths, scientists[…]

Call for preLighters – deadline extended until 31 March

20th March 2020

We know that many researchers have been adjusting to working from home this week and to reduce the stress, we have extended our deadline for applying to become a preLighter until 31 March 2020. We are seeking early-career researchers (PhD students, postdocs, PIs in their first few years) who are passionate about preprints and enjoy[…]

Preprints Workshop at Columbia University

24th February 2020

On February 11th, the Postdoctoral Society at Columbia University held a Preprints Workshop to bring some clarity about this relatively new form of disseminating research findings. For this event, Sandra Franco, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, member of the Postdoctoral Society and also a preLighter, invited Samantha Hindle and Sol Fereres from bioRxiv to[…]

Celebrating our second birthday!

20th February 2020

preLights launched two years ago, and we’re thrilled to see how the platform has grown over this time. Our vibrant community of 180 early-career researchers and counting (we currently have an open call for new members to join) has written 600 preprint highlights. New initiatives such as preLists and authors commenting on their peer review experience[…]