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Meet the preLighters: an interview with Nicola Stevenson

6th July 2020

Nicola Stevenson is a senior postdoc at the University of Bristol in the lab of Prof David Stephens and has worked on various cellular processes such as intracellular trafficking, ciliogenesis and extracellular matrix secretion. We caught up with Nicola to talk about her research and experience with preprints and preLights.       Let’s start[…]

Survey about online seminars/conferences – we want to hear from you!

23rd June 2020

The ongoing pandemic has resulted in many scientific conferences moving to an online format, and researchers who can no longer attend seminars at their institutes have been organising and attending various virtual seminar series (e.g. on The Node there are currently over 40 online events listed in developmental biology and beyond). Several considerations about virtual[…]

bioRxiv preprint on the role of preprints in the COVID-19 pandemic

27th May 2020

In a collaboration with Nicholas Fraser, Liam Brierley and Jessica Polka, preLighters Jonny Coates (corresponding author), Gautam Dey and preLights Community Manager Máté Pálfy have posted a preprint on bioRxiv that analyses various attributes of COVID-19 preprints including their publishing and peer review, and also looks at how they were used by the scientific community and the[…]

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 covidpreprints.com website and quotes from Jonny Coates, the preLighter who built the website, and Mate Palfy, the community manager[…]

Preprints by preLighters – Snehal Kadam

20th May 2020

Snehal Kadam is a research assistant in Karishma Kaushik’s lab and is studying bacterial pathogens and host-pathogen interactions. She has highlighted a number of preprints in this field, and is now first author on the new study: To Serum or Not to Serum: Reduced-serum based methods for contact-based co-culture of human dermal fibroblasts (HDFa) and[…]

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