Happy Birthday to preLights – we turn four!

20th February 2022

preLights launched on 20 February 2018…over 1200 posts and over 300 preLighters later, we are very happy to be celebrating our fourth birthday! The pandemic saw a huge boost to the number of preprints posted and downloaded on bioRxiv and medRxiv, and also a big jump in the number of preLights posted and read. We[…]

ECR Advocacy Event

10th February 2022

preLights will be turning four on 20 February! Since our launch in 2018 we’ve published over 1200  preLights posts, with representation from every bioRxiv category, and established an engaging presence on Twitter. But at the heart of preLights is our community of preLighters: early-career researchers (ECRs) who advocate for preprints, use their spare time to[…]

preLighters paper on preprints published in PLOS Biology

3rd February 2022

preLighters Gautam Day and Jonny Coates, together with previous preLights Community Manager Mate Palfy, have authored a paper published this week in PLOS Biology. ‘Tracking changes between preprint posting and journal publication during a pandemic’ was previously published as a preprint on bioRxiv. In the study, Brierly et al. investigate preprints posted on bioRxiv and[…]

Meet the preLighters: Osvaldo Contreras

24th January 2022

Osvaldo Contreras is a Chilean molecular and cell biologist working as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Richard Harvey at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) in Sydney, Australia, where he investigates heart development and repair. He completed his PhD in Prof. Enrique Brandan’s lab at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile,[…]

preLights talks to Leslea J. Hlusko

20th December 2021

Professor Leslea Hlusko is a researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobra la Evolución Humana (CNEIEH), having recently moved from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkely. She is interested in how genes influence skeletal variation and how this has evolved through time. Alongside her research and teaching, she is[…]

Our most recent preLights x FocalPlane event

16th December 2021

Following the success of our first virtual event, we recently hosted our second preLights x FocalPlane social writing event. As before, Helen and Esperanza, the Community Managers for preLights and FocalPlane, selected two preprints for discussion at the event. One of the preprints, highlighted by Louise, Fabio, Soni and Nozomu, described a new technique in[…]