Accelerate scholarly review, publishing and discovery with OSF Preprints.



The launch of the 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, the Open Science Framework , which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOI management, and collaboration. 

We developed OSF Preprints to meet these major goals: 

  • Facilitate and accelerate new models of scholarly communication
 across multiple research disciplines
  • Improve accessibility of scholarship

  • Facilitate timely feedback on scholarship

  • Address delays of research publishing

  • Improve scholarly communication

  • Provide a single search interface to access a growing number of preprint sources

OSF Preprints uses SHARE to aggregate search results from a variety of other preprint providers such as arXivbiorXivPeerJCogPrints and others. Over a million preprints are indexed and can be searched by author or keywords, or filtered by subject, preprint server, and most recent contributions. Preprint contributors are encouraged to provide supplemental data and materials, if available. If the preprint is associated with an existing OSF project, that project is linked for further exploration.



Share Work

OSF Preprints makes sharing research as easy as uploading a file. Post your work, solicit feedback, and tag categories for others to find, comment on, and engage with you.


Connect the Research

OSF Preprints integrates the OSF project infrastructure, allowing researchers to include supplemental data, materials, code or other information alongside their preprint. These files can be stored on OSF Storage or through connected services like Github, Dropbox, AmazonS3, Box, GoogleDrive, OwnCloud and others.



Improve Discoverability

All branded preprint services are automatically indexed in the OSF Preprints aggregate search, which harvests data from many preprint providers. Using a keyword search or subject filter, visitors can search across all of these providers from one site. 


You build the community. We've built the infrastructure.

COS provides branded preprint services to communities interested in building a preprint service for a specific discipline, research topic, geography or other commonality. The branded preprint services are built on the OSF Preprints infrastructure, a shared toolset for file upload, sharing, persistence, and discovery.

OSF Preprints and branded preprint services are integrated with SHARE for search and discovery. SHARE allows users to search across all preprint platforms, including those hosted by other groups such as arXiv, bioRxiv, and PeerJ. You can focus your efforts on generating research, not on managing research infrastructure.


The service can be configured to match each organization's brand, editorial focus, licensing requirements, and taxonomy. Once configured, a new service can be up and indexing new preprints in a matter of days. We have already launched five major new branded services--PsyArXiv, AgriXivSocArXiv,  engrXiv and LawArXiv--and are adding more all the time. These partnerships provide free, open access, open source archives for psychology, social, and engineering science research and are in response to the growing need for faster, open sharing of research on open platforms.


Current Preprint Partners


All OSF Preprints and their branded affiliates are indexed in Google Scholar for maximum discoverability.


Advisory Group

Our advisory group includes leaders in preprints and scholarly communication.


Devin Berg : engrXiv, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Pete Binfield : PeerJ PrePrints

Benjamin Brown : PsyArXiv, Georgia Gwinnett College

Philip Cohen : SocArXiv, University of Maryland

Kathleen Fitzpatrick : Modern Language Association

John Inglis : bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Rebecca Kennison : K|N Consultants

Bethany Nowviskie : Digital Library Federation, University of Virginia

Kristen Ratan : CoKo Foundation

Oya Rieger : arXiv, Cornell University

Judy Ruttenberg : SHARE, Association of Research Libraries