Research Preprints

Discussing early research outputs

Preprint Servers

February 7, 2017 mrittman

This page contains a summary of information about various preprint servers. The data is stored in a Google Sheet, previewed below. Help to add missing information or correct errors is greatly appreciated, please comment on the Google sheet or get in touch via the contact page.

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NameHomepageDisciplinesStart date/oldest contentLong-term storageUnique identifiersLicense(s) usedFormats for submissionFormats publishedOwned/operated byGovernanceBusiness modelDescription from ownerNotes
AgriXiv, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkAdvisory board and working group
arXivhttps://arxiv.orgPhysics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics14-08-91arxiv IDVarious, see, Postscript, DVI, texCornell University LibraryCUL holds the overall responsibility for arXiv’s operation and development, with strategic
and operational guidance from its Member Advisory Board (MAB) and its Scientific
Advisory Board (SAB)
Funded by Cornell University Library, the Simons Foundation and by the member institutions.
Authorea editorHTMLAuthoreaAuthors pay for document hostingAuthorea is an online collaborative document editor built for researchers that also acts as a preprint server. The editor supports multiple markup languages (including LaTeX) and has built-in functionality for citing, hosting data, and issuing digital object identifiers (DOIs). It is the only preprint server that displays scientific articles in full HTML5 rendering for maximum discoverability.
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences Sciences03-07-17CC0, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkAdvisory board
bioRxivhttp://biorxiv.orgBiologyNov-13doiCreative commons or no reusePDF, WordPDFCold Spring Harbor LaboratoryAdvisory boardFunded by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
CERN document server physicsCERN serversCommon text formats (PDF preferred), JPG preferred for imagesAs submittedCERNFunded by CERN
ChinaXiv IDNot specified on all articlesPDFChinese Academy of SciencesFully funded by CAS
Cogprints, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Computer Science, Philosophy, BiologyRecords back to 1950ID codeVarious, not specified for all articlesAnyAny (usually PDF)School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton?Run by Stevan Harnad?CogPrints is an electronic archive for self-archivepapers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vison, learning, speech, neural networks), Philosophy (e.g., mind, language, knowledge, science, logic), Biology (e.g., ethology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, behaviour genetics, evolutionary theory), Medicine (e.g., Psychiatry, Neurology, human genetics, Imaging), Anthropology(e.g., primatology, cognitive ethnology, archeology, paleontology), as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.Respository, also includes postprints
CORE repository University Library long-termdoiAny Creative CommonsMost common file types, see FAQ; PDF preferred for text.Modern Languages Associate (MLA) and the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University
Cryptology ePrint Archivehttp://eprint.iacr.orgCryptology1996URLCC BYPDFInternational Association for Cryptologic ResearchReplaced the Theory of Cryptology Library in 2000; appears to allow postprints
E-lis and information science2002Record numbersRetained by authors, not specified on all papersAnyAny"Federico II" University of Naples (Italy)Hosted by "Federico II" University of Naples (Italy)Changed hosts in May 2017
Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity Science1994Year/article numberNot specific on all papersLaTeXPDFWeizmann Institute of ScienceScientific board
engrxiv, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science Frameworksteering committee of engineers and librarians
INA-Rxiv, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkGood Science IndonesiaIndonesian language papers
LawArxiv Science Framework
LIA Scholarship Archive and information science12-07-17doiCC0, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkSteering committee, see
LingBuzzhttp://ling.auf.netLinguistics2002lingbuzz identifierNot defined, authors retain copyrightPDFPDFHosted by the University of TromsoRun by Michal StarkeFully funded by Uni of TromsoAlso includes published papers.
MindRxivhttps://mindrxiv.orgmind and contemplative practices09-07-17doiCC0, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkAdvisory board
NutriXiv sciences24-08-17doiCC0, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science Framework
OSF preprints, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkAdvisory groupSupported by the Center for Open ScienceOSF Preprints is part of the Center for Open Science’s ongoing commitment to open and transparent research practices. The new preprints service is built on our flagship platform, the Open Science Framework, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOI management, and collaboration. We developed OSF Preprints to facilitate and accelerate new models of scholarly communication, improve accessibility of scholarship, facilitate timely feedback on scholarship, improve scholarly communication, and provide a single search interface to access a number of preprint providers.
PaleorXiv, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkSteering Committee, see
PeerJ preprints Sciences, Medical Sciences, Health Sciences and Computer Sciences04-04-13doiCC BYPDFPDFPeerJ
Preprints.orghttp://www.preprints.orgAll05-Mar-16doiCC BYWord, LaTeXPDFMDPIAdvisory boardFunded by MDPIPreprints is an interdisciplinary preprint server run on a not-for-profit basis the open access publisher MDPI. Submitted preprints are put online within 24 hours after a screening process and all preprints receive a doi and can be commented on.
PsyArXiv, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkSteering Committee
RePEc handleRePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 90 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data are then used in various services that serve the collected metadata to users or enhance it.
SocArxiv Sciences13-07-16CC0, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkSteering CommitteeSocArXiv is an open archive of the social sciences. It provides a free, non-profit, open access platform for social scientists to upload working papers, preprints, and published papers, with the option to link data and code. SocArXiv is dedicated to opening up social science, to reach more people more effectively, to improve research, and build the future of scholarly communication.
SportRxiv science21-08-17doiCC0, CC BY, no licenseAnyAnyOpen Science FrameworkAdvisory board
SSRN Sciences1994abstract numberNot definedPDFPDFElsevierSections directed by an active researcherAllows users to sell papers; subscriptions to SSRN-based journalsSSRN is an open-access online pre-print community providing valuable services to leading academic schools and government institutions. Specializing primarily in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities, SSRN is branching out in to other science disciplines providing opportunities for scholars to post their early research, collaborate on theories and discoveries, and get credit for their ideas before peer reviewed publication.Split into research networks (see
Therapoid clear??PDFOpen TherapeuticsUnsure if it's open for submissions, seems to be a pilot website
Zenodo serversdoiEssentially anyAny (up to 50 GB)AnyOpen Aire/CERNFunded by CERN, OpenAire and the EUMore information: