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PLOS and CSHL enter agreement to enable preprint posting on bioRxiv

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announced today an agreement that enables the automatic posting of research articles submitted to PLOS journals on bioRxiv, CSHL's preprint server for life sciences.

PLOS will perform initial manuscript screening, covering scope, plagiarism, and previous publication, and basic ethical and technical criteria. Articles will then post automatically to bioRxiv. By allowing their submission to be posted on bioRxiv, authors accelerate the dissemination of their work and invite commentary, which the PLOS editors will evaluate as part of peer review. Authors may choose to opt-out of this process when they submit papers. 

"The opportunity to partner with a like-minded organization like CSHL to realize a longstanding goal is a strategy for us moving forward," said Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer, PLOS. "A key part of our mission has always been to act as a catalyst, demonstrating the viability of new models through our operations and supporting them elsewhere. In the case of preprints, we can magnify our impact by partnering and helping shape how that future develops for content on bioRxiv."

"Helping researchers communicate at the speed of science has been the principal goal of bioRxiv since its launch." said John Inglis, co-founder of bioRxiv at CSHL, "We are delighted to have reached an agreement with PLOS to offer that benefit more authors who are ready to share their work and open it up to the community response and feedback that bioRxiv makes possible."