Repository: OSF preprints

Full Name: OSF preprints
Short Name (or Acronym): OSF
Description: The launch of OSF Preprints branded services continues COS’s ongoing commitment to open and transparent research practices. The new preprints service is built on our flagship platform, OSF, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOI management, and collaboration.
Accepted Content Types: Multiple types (including research articles, posters, new data), Preprints
Certificate or Labels:
Closure Date:
Contact: [email protected]
Disciplinary Scope: All scientific fields
Keywords: Preprints discovery site
Launch Date: 8/1/16
Platform: Open Science Framework
Platform Languages: English
Record Count: Metadata: 2 097 029
Repository Type: Aggregating
Service Pricing: None
Status: Open
Terms of Use: Yes
Last Update: 4/19/21
Accessibility of Conflict of Interest Procedures:
Business Model: Non Profit
Funding: External financial support
Objectives: Aggregate search results from a variety of other preprint providers such as arXiv, bioRxiv, PeerJ, CogPrints and others
Countries: <a href="">United States</a>
Owner Full Name: Center for Open Science
Owner Short Name: COS
Owner URL:
Ownership Type: Charity
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 : COS Preservation Fund to maintain read access for 50+ years
Functional Description: Yes, there are tutorials
Interoperability: Yes via API
Metadata Formats: Yes : Crossref uses a preprint-specific metadata schema that makes it easy to connect preprints with their published articles and ORCID profiles
Metadata Languages: English
Metadata Properties: Title, Identifier (e.g. DOI), Publication/deposition date, Author name(s), Abstract, Relational link to final journal publication (e.g. in crossref metadata), License type(s), Subject category
Method for Reuse of Metadata: Openly available via API
Open Source: Yes
Permission for Re-use of Metadata: Never asked
Persistence of Content: Yes : COS Preservation Fund to maintain read access for 50+ years
Preservation Policy:
Function Service Details
Commenting/Annotation Local function Yes :
Endorsement Local function Yes, via Plaudit
Endorsement Plaudit
Indexing/Search Local function Yes : Google Scholar, SHARE, Microsoft Academic, Unpaywall
Indexing/Search Google Scholar
Indexing/Search SHARE
Indexing/Search Microsoft Academic
Indexing/Search Unpaywall
Metrics Local function Endorsement score on author profile page and Downloads visible to everyone
Peer Review Local function Yes, via Peer Community In
Peer Review Peer Community in
Revision and Follow-up Local function Yes
Writing/Formatting Local function Yes : Preprint editor
Academic Applicant Only?: Yes
Accepted Content Formats: PDF, Word doc
Accepted Content Languages: Any languages
Accepted Content Level: Research only
Accepted Supplementary Content: full text, figures, data, image, coding, analyses. This is associated with the article via a specific link
Associated Editor: No
Associated Journal: No
Availability of Associated Content: Metadata and Data
Journal Submission: Unrestricted
Licensing: The licenses available for OSF Preprints are CC-0 1.0 Universal and CC-By Attribution 4.0 International. These are open licenses. Additional licenses are available on some of the community preprint services.
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Content: Email, call, notification to moderation etc.
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Plagiarism: Email administrator; helpdesk support from COS : [email protected]
Moderation: Moderators may be anonymous or may choose to share their identities.
Peer Review Status Indication: Yes
Persistent Identifier: DOI
Remaining Indrawn Item: Preprints cannot be deleted, but can be withdrawn, leaving behind metadata about the resource.
Text Embargo: No, only if the publisher imposes an embargo period
Time from Submission to Posting: Up to 24 hours
Versioning Policy: Accepts new version. All version are archieved 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, Plateform in case of copyrights issues
Withdrawal Policy: Yes. Withdrawing an accepted preprint from a pre-moderation service / Withdrawing a pending preprint from a pre-moderation service / Withdrawing a preprint from a post-moderation service