Repository: bioRxiv

Full Name: bioRxiv
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Description: bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.
Accepted Content Types: Research manuscripts only ( white papers accepted in Scientific Communication and Education category only; types not accepted are: datasets, theses, figures, protocols, correspondence without new data or analyses), Preprints
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Contact: [email protected]
Disciplinary Scope: Broad life & biomedical research (from animal behaviour and cognition to zoology)
Keywords: Life sciences
Launch Date: 11/7/13
Platform: Highwire Preprint & BenchPress (proprietary software with some open source components)
Platform Languages: English
Record Count: Metadata: 1,254
Repository Type: Community-based
Service Pricing: None
Status: Open
Terms of Use: Yes
Last Update: 7/28/21
Accessibility of Conflict of Interest Procedures:
Business Model: Non Profit
Funding: Internal (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) and external financial support (multiyear grant funding from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
Objectives: By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
Countries: <a href="">United States</a>
Owner Full Name: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Owner Short Name: CSHL
Owner URL:
Ownership Type: Academic institution
Scientific Technical Committees: Yes : includes researchers.
User Committees: Yes, Advisory group includes leaders in preprints and scholarly communication..
Access to Content: Anyone may access full items free of charge
Access to Metadata: Anyone may access the metadata free of charge
Account Creation: Free, Only needed for submission
Backups: Yes : All bioRxiv papers are archived at Portico.
Functional Description: Yes, find here
Interoperability: Yes via API
Metadata Formats: Highwire Press metadata (essentially an enrichment of Dublin Core)
Metadata Languages: English
Metadata Properties: Title, Identifier, Posting date, Author name(s), Abstract, Relational link to final journal publication (e.g. in crossref metadata), Author affiliation(s), Funder acknowledgement(s), License type(s), Subject category, References, COI
Method for Reuse of Metadata: Openly available via API
Open Source: Yes
Permission for Re-use of Metadata: None
Persistence of Content: Yes : All bioRxiv papers are archived at Portico.
Preservation Policy:
Function Service Details
Bibliographic References Management Local function Yes : BibTeX, Bookends, EasyBib, EndNote (tagged), EndNote 8 (xml), Medlars, Mendeley, Papers, RefWorks Tagged, Ref Manager, RIS, Zotero
Commenting/Annotation Local function Yes, bioRxiv therefore includes an on-site commenting mechanism (powered by Disqus)
Endorsement Local function Yes :
Indexing/Search Local function Yes : bioRxiv preprints are indexed by Google, Google Scholar, Crossref, Meta, Microsoft Academic Search, Scopus and Pubmed for NIH COVID-19 funded research
Indexing/Search Google Scholar
Indexing/Search Crossref
Indexing/Search Microsoft Academic
Indexing/Search Scopus
Indexing/Search PubMed
Indexing/Search meta
Metrics Local function Views, Downloads, Altmetrics, Social media interactions (from individual platforms not Altmetric), Number of comments (Disqus; Hypothesis if loaded). Those are visible to everyone
Metrics Altmetric
Peer Review Local function Yes, via Peer Community In
Peer Review Peer Community in
Plagiarism Detection Local function Yes, during screening process BiorXiv uses Similarity Check software
Revision and Follow-up Local function yes : PCI, eLife, Peerage of Science, Review Commons, EMBO Press journals post peer reviews, and manuscripts can be transferred to >150 journals
Revision and Follow-up Peer Community in
Revision and Follow-up eLife
Revision and Follow-up Peerage of Science
Revision and Follow-up Review Commons
Text Mining Local function Yes
Academic Applicant Only?: Yes
Accepted Content Formats: PDF, Word doc, WordPerfect
Accepted Content Languages: Only English
Accepted Content Level: Primary Research only
Accepted Supplementary Content: If images and tables are submitted as separate files, acceptable file formats are GIF, TIFF, EPS, and JPEG,
Associated Editor: No
Associated Journal: No
Availability of Associated Content:
Journal Submission: Unrestricted
Licensing: Authors are provided with a choice of licenses: CC0, CC BY, CC BY-NC, CC BY-ND, CC BY-NC-ND, or no reuse; with no preference for which license chosen
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Content: Email administrator
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Plagiarism: Email administrator
Moderation: Content within scope screened by bioRxiv team and bioRxiv Affiliates
Peer Review Status Indication: Yes
Persistent Identifier: DOI, single DOI retained but new versions have distinct URLs
Remaining Indrawn Item: Withdrawn articles remain visible; For removed articles, basic information remains on a tombstone page
Text Embargo: No
Time from Submission to Posting: It is usually between 24-48h
Versioning Policy: Accepts new versions until acceptance at journal. All versions are available and visible for readers.
Who can Deposit?: Anyone can post on the platform. Only an account is required ( The creation of the account is free).
Withdrawal Authorisation: Author or Platform
Withdrawal Policy: Yes. Removal: Legal or biohazard reasons; Withdrawal: Plagiarism, false or inaccurate content, ethical and legal issues, co-author(s) did not consent to posting