The Center for Open Science Releases Another Branded Preprint Service With AgriXiv


Feb. 15, 2017


February 14, 2017 | Charlottesville, VA


The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce that it has added another branded service to its open source preprints service, OSF Preprints. The new service, called AgriXiv,  provides free, open access, open source archives for agriculture and allied science research.


AgriXiv is built on COS’s flagship platform, the Open Science Framework, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOIs, and collaboration. COS has leveraged that platform to help those researchers discover new research as it happens and to receive quick feedback on their own research prior to publication.


The branded preprints platform from COS provides organizations that want to launch their own preprints service an easy, robust, and stable solution. The platform can be configured to match their brand, editorial focus, licensing requirements, and taxonomy. Once configured, a new service can be up and indexing new preprints in a matter of days. COS has already created branded services in psychology, sociology, and engineering.


Almost 2 million preprints have been already indexed from a variety of sources and can be accessed by selecting a subject of interest, entering specific search terms, or browsing the preprints most recently added to the service. Preprint contributors are also encouraged to include links to their research, if available. If the preprint is associated with an existing OSF project, that project can also be easily accessed and explored. OSF Preprints uses SHARE to aggregate search results from a variety of other preprint providers like arXiv, bioRXiv, PeerJ, CogPrints and others into its archive.


"We are following the global initiative to open up data, information and knowledge related to agriculture,” said Sridhar Gutam of AgriXiv. “This exclusive preprints repository for agriculture, promoted by the Open Access India (http://openaccessindia.org/) community, will accelerate the progress of agricultural research through rapid sharing of the interim research results among agricultural scientists."


“Science and research across many disciplines are evolving towards improved reliability and reproducibility of results,” said Brian Nosek, COS’s Executive Director. “OSF Preprints sets the tone for a more open approach to data access, preregistration of research, and quick feedback on completed work. In short, OSF Preprints can help improve science, increase communication, and hopefully improve the speed and quality of outcomes. The interest on the part of our new partners to launch their own open preprints services only confirms this trend.”


About Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology startup founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The Open Science Framework (OSF), COS’s flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at cos.io and osf.io.


About AgriXiv

Agriculture under the changing climate scenario is facing many challenges and needs utmost attention and support for the development of adaptive, resilient and sustainable livelihoods. Research outputs generated in addressing these challenges faced by agriculture need to be immediately available to all the stakeholders for understanding and finding suitable solutions. Therefore, the Open Access India had taken up the initiative of establishing a preprints repository for agriculture and allied sciences as part of fulfilling its objective of “development of community e-infrastructure, capacity building and framework for policies related to Open Access, Open Data and Open Education”. This preprints service will be administered by the steering committee comprising agricultural researchers and librarians from various parts of the world.


Contacts for the Center for Open Science

Media: Rusty Speidel: rusty@cos.io | 434-284-3403

Starting a Branded Preprint Service: Matt Spitzer: matt.spitzer@cos.io

Web: https://cos.io/preprints


Contact for AgriXiv

Sridhar Gutam: sridhar@openaccessindia.org | +91-9005760036

Web: http://agrixiv.org/ | https://osf.io/preprints/agrixiv