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AgriXiv Agriculture 15/02/17 CC0, CC BY, no license Any Any Open Science Framework Advisory board and working group
arXiv Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics 14/8/1991 arxiv ID Various, see LaTeX PDF, Postscript, DVI, tex Cornell University Library CUL 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 Any Unclear Authorea editor HTML Authorea Authors pay for document hosting Authorea 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 Social Sciences 03/07/17 CC0, CC BY, no license Any Any Open Science Framework Advisory board
bioRxiv Biology ‘November 2013 doi Creative commons or no reuse PDF, Word PDF Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Advisory board Funded by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
CERN document server Particle physics CERN servers Common text formats (PDF preferred), JPG preferred for images As submitted CERN Funded by CERN
ChinaXiv All January 2016 ChinaXiv ID Not specified on all articles PDF Chinese Academy of Sciences Fully funded by CAS
Cogprints Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Computer Science, Philosophy, Biology Records back to 1950 ID code Various, not specified for all articles Any Any (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 Languages 2008 Columbia University Library long-term doi Any Creative Commons Most 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 Archive Cryptology 1996 URL CC BY PDF International Association for Cryptologic Research Replaced the Theory of Cryptology Library in 2000; appears to allow postprints
E-lis Library and information science 2002 Record numbers Retained by authors, not specified on all papers Any Any "Federico II" University of Naples (Italy) Hosted by "Federico II" University of Naples (Italy) Changed hosts in May 2017
Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity Computer Science 1994 Year/article number Not specific on all papers LaTeX PDF Weizmann Institute of Science Scientific board
engrxiv Engineering 27/07/16 CC0, CC BY, no license Any Any Open Science Framework steering committee of engineers and librarians
LawArxiv Law May 2017 Open Science Framework
LingBuzz Linguistics 2002 lingbuzz identifier Not defined, authors retain copyright PDF PDF Hosted by the University of Tromso Run by Michal Starke Fully funded by Uni of Tromso Also includes published papers.
OSF preprints All 29/08/16 CC0, CC BY, no license Any Any Open Science Framework Advisory group Supported by the Center for Open Science OSF 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.
PeerJ preprints Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Health Sciences and Computer Sciences 04/04/13 doi CC BY PDF PDF PeerJ All 5 Mar 2016 doi CC BY Word, LaTeX PDF MDPI Advisory board Funded by MDPI Preprints 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 Psychology 15/08/16 CC0, CC BY, no license Any Any Open Science Framework Steering Committee
RePEc Economics 1997 repec handle RePEc (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 Social Sciences 13/07/16 CC0, CC BY, no license Any Any Open Science Framework Steering Committee SocArXiv 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.
SSRN Social Sciences 1994 abstract number Not defined PDF PDF Elsevier Sections directed by an active researcher Allows users to sell papers; subscriptions to SSRN-based journals SSRN 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
Zenodo All 24/08/11 CERN servers doi Essentially any Any (up to 50 GB) Any Open Aire/CERN Funded by CERN, OpenAire and the EU More information: