Subgroup K: Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

1:30 – 5:30 pm, Room 308

Organizers: Prachee Avasthi, University of Kansas Medical Center; and Jessica Polka, Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

Scientific progress depends on the communication of new ideas to the research community. However, the traditional publishing process can conceal scientific findings for months or even years after the data are collected or analyzed. These delays stunt collaboration, hinder career advancement, and slow the process of securing funding. One solution to these problems is the use of preprints. Preprints are scientific manuscripts posted on the internet on servers such as bioRxiv prior to peer review. These preprints allow free and immediate distribution of research findings to the scientific community. This mechanism has been in use in the Physics and Mathematics communities for several decades but has not yet become commonplace in the life sciences.

The Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio) initiative assembled major stakeholders to promote discussion about preprints in the life sciences and has been active since the initial meeting in February 2016. This subgroup will introduce the topic broadly to the Cell Biology community and discuss progress toward preprint consideration for funding, promotion, and subsequent publication. Many related topics of interest including preprint feedback, citation, and priority will be discussed.

Presentations:

1:30-1:40 pm – Introduction. Prachee Avasthi, University of Kansas Medical Center; Adriana Bankston, American Journal Experts; and Jessica Polka, Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

1:40-2:10 pm – Background and introduction to ASAPbio. Tony Hyman, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics; James Fraser, University of California, San Francisco and ASAPbio; and Jessica Polka, Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

2:10-3:15 pm – Preprints in career advancement, training, and education. Short talks and panel discussion. Needhi Bhalla, University of California, Santa Cruz; Stephen Floor, University of California, Berkeley; Omar Quintero, University of Richmond; Stephen Royle, University of Warwick Medical School

3:15-3:30 pm – Break

3:30-4:00 pm – Interactive session on preprint governance. Prachee Avasthi, University of Kansas Medical Center; Adriana Bankston, American Journal Experts; and Jessica Polka, Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

4:00-4:50 pm – Perspectives from journals, servers, and tool-builders. Short talks and panel discussion. Peter Binfield, Peer J; Ansuman Chattopadhyay, University of Pittsburgh; Creator, search.Biopreprint; David Drubin, University of California, Berkeley; Editor in Chief, Molecular Biology of the Cell; John Inglis and Richard Sever, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Founders, bioRxiv; and Thomas Lemberger, EMBO, SourceData.

4:50-5:00 pm – Advocating for preprints and how to get involved. Prachee Avasthi, University of Kansas Medical Center; Adriana Bankston, American Journal Experts; and Jessica Polka, Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology (ASAPbio)

5:00-5:30 pm – Interactive Discussion and Audience Questions

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