Meet Helen Robertson, the new preLights Community Manager

23 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!

22 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!

28 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

1 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

13 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[…]

preLights is participating in the #PreprintReviewChallenge

24 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

21 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

20 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[…]