ChemRxiv: Publishing in the Age of Preprint Servers

A Joint CSR-ACS Symposium (Download Agenda)

8.00 AM – 12.30 PM
Location – Room 147B – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

8.00 AM          Opening Remarks.
Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute

8:10 AM          ChemRxiv – the chemistry community’s preprint server.
Presider Mary Kirchhoff, ACS
James Milne, Senior Vice President of ACS’s Journals Publishing Group
Darla Henderson, Assistant Director Open Access, ACS

8:40 AM          Perspectives from arXiv, bioRxiv, engrXiv and Funders of Research – panel discussion.

Presider Mary Kirchhoff, ACS

Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University

Sandra Schmid, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Devin Berg, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Lorena A. Barba, The George Washington University

Neil Thakur, National Institutes of Health
Carly Strasser, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

9:40 AM          Perspectives from journal editors – panel discussion.
Presider Teresa Fryberger, NAS
Paul Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles (ACS Nano)
Anne McCoy, University of Washington, (Journal of Physical Chemistry A)
Laura Kiessling, University of Wisconsin-Madison (ACS Chemical Biology)
Chad Mirkin, Northwestern (Journal of the American Chemical Society)
Marshall Brennan, Nature Publishing Group (Nature Chemistry)

10:40 AM        Academia’s perspectives – panel discussion.
Presider Teresa Fryberger, NAS
Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University
Alexander Spokoyny, University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Shirts , University of Colorado
Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute

11:40 PM      Comment period

12.10 PM      Adjourn


Title:  ChemRxiv – The chemistry community’s preprint server

Abstract:  Preprints are an established component for the early communication of research results in the physical sciences community and have rapidly gained visibility in the life sciences and other adjacent fields, with the exception of chemistry. Until now.  Last Fall, the American Chemical Society announced its intention to build a chemistry-specific preprint server, working in partnership with other scientific societies and organizations. This presentation will review the rationale for establishing a chemistry preprint server and provide an update on the launch plans for ChemRxiv.

Title: Perspectives from arXiv, bioRxiv, and engrXiv and Funders of Research – Panel Discussion

Abstract: This panel will provide insights into preprint servers in other disciplines – physics, life sciences, and engineering, as well as perspectives from the funders of research. Experts involved with arXiv, bioRxiv, and engrXiv will discuss their perspective on how preprints aid in communication of scholarly findings and help science move faster. The panel discussion will also cover the effect on the grant review process, ethical practices, and transparency of scholarly research. Funders of research will discuss their own priorities when it comes to preprints, as well as their motivation for sponsoring preprint infrastructure.

 Title: Perspectives from Journal Editors – Panel Discussion

Abstract: Currently, two thirds of ACS editors allow papers that have been published on preprint servers in their respective journals; others have a very strong position against such practices, the Journal of the American Chemical Society being one of them. This panel of editors, with representatives across the spectrum of the chemical sciences, will discuss what additional role preprints can serve that traditional journals do not, or do not serve effectively; how, if at all, preprints will affect the rigor of the review process; and what will be the effect on the publishing process overall.

 Title: Perspectives from Academia – Panel Discussion

Abstract: With the announcement of the upcoming ChemRxiv preprint server, it appears that a cultural divide has occurred within the academic community. This panel discussion will provide insight into preprints from academia’s perspective. Discussion will cover topics such as the accelerated pace of scientific advancements in the fields that have adopted preprints, the ability to establish priority for a new scientific finding, and an opportunity to develop a stronger grant application with a citable preprint publication rather than “manuscript submitted” or “paper in press”. Issues such as infringement on intellectual property, public discussion of the unpublished data, concerns over quality of the preprint publications, and further submission to peer-reviewed journals, will also be discussed.