Interested in honing your peer review skills while providing valuable feedback to preprint authors? Then join a preprint review crowd with ASAPbio!

Following two previous cycles of preprint review activities, ASAPbio will host more crowd preprint review activities in 2023. This year the crowd preprint review activities will include several groups that will provide feedback on preprints in the following areas:

  • Molecular and cellular neurobiology: focus on neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration
  • Cancer biology: Biochemical, molecular and cellular studies in relation to cancer
  • Computational neuroscience: Computational, theoretical and data-driven approaches in understanding brain function
  • Meta-research: Practices, policies & infrastructure on open science and scholarship e.g. preprints, open access, open education, research impact
  • New! Metabolism: Regulation of metabolic homeostasis and pathophysiology of metabolic diseases, from cell biology to integrative physiology

Each crowd will be led by ASAPbio Fellows, who will circulate preprints for input by a group of researchers interested in contributing feedback (‘the crowd’). Each crowd will review a new preprint every two weeks. Preprints will be circulated to the group; crowd members can then comment on the full paper or parts of the study. Commenting will take place via a private collaborative Google document. After the 14-day commenting period, the leads will create a synthesis of the comments for public posting on PREreview; this will also be added to Sciety, the aggregator of preprint evaluations. Read more about crowd preprint review.

The activities begin June and will run for the remainder of 2023. ASAPbio is seeking broad participation in preprint feedback, particularly by early career researchers who are often underrepresented in journal review.

Get involved

Join crowd preprint review activities to develop your reviewing skills and help us build trust in preprints. We invite cell biologists, neuroscientists, cancer biologists and meta-researchers to sign up for participation as crowd preprint reviewers.