India recently launched its first “IndiaRxiv” preprint server, which aims to be a one-stop-shop for national research. IndiaRxiv is a preprint repository service for India, operated by Open Access India and hosted by the Society for Promotion of Horticulture, Bengaluru. The repository is a one-stop portal for early work by Indian scholars. The preprint server allows immediate sharing of research results and can provide rapid feedback to help revise and prepare a manuscript. A community of practice, Open Access India, maintains the India Archive preprint repository.
Preprint servers are open-access online archives or repositories that contain research articles prior to peer review and publication. Their main objective is to speed up the process of disseminating research results and improving their visibility. Since the peer review process is time-consuming and publication is delayed, pre-publication servers are useful tools for researchers to publish a full draft of their research papers and get immediate feedback from their coworkers. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular preprint servers in AI research.
arXiv is an open access repository for electronic preprints and postprints; it has a free distribution service and open access archive for scientific articles in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Mathematics, physics and many scientific articles are self-archived on the arXiv repository before being published in a peer-reviewed journal. Some publishers even allow authors to archive the peer-reviewed postprint. “arXiv” was an early adopter and promoter of preprints. Its success in sharing preprints was one of the triggering factors that led to the scholarly publishing movement known as open access.
CogPrints is an electronic archive of self-archived articles in many fields, including computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, vision, learning, speech, and neural networks. Cogprints is powered by EPrints3 and developed by the School of Electronics and Computing at the University of Southampton. CogPrints invites scientists to deposit their e-prints in the archives. Benefits for contributors include high visibility; permanent, instantaneous and global accessibility; catchability of text, comments, comments and quotations in the work of others; no cost to circulate preprints or reprints.
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source software project that facilitates open collaboration in scientific research. OSF Preprints integrates with the OSF Project infrastructure, allowing researchers to include additional data, materials, code, or other information alongside their preprint. OSF Preprints makes sharing research as easy as uploading a file. Post your work, solicit comments, and tag categories so others can find, comment, and interact with you. Files can be stored on OSF storage or through connected services such as GitHub, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Box, Google Drive, ownCloud, etc.
Preprints.org is dedicated to creating early versions of research results that are permanently available and citable. They publish original research papers, comprehensive reviews, and articles that authors can update at any time. Content on Preprints.org is not peer-reviewed and may receive feedback from readers. All preprints are released with a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license that ensures authors retain copyright and receive credit for their work while allowing anyone to read and reuse it. This platform is intended for multidisciplinary research work. For each preprint, authors can register a unique digital object identifier issued by Crossref. This makes them instantly citable and provides a permanent link to the article, even if the URL on the platform changes. New versions of preprints receive different DOIs.
Zenodo is an open-access, general-purpose repository that was developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. Zenodo allows researchers to deposit research papers, datasets, research software, reports, and any other research-related digital artifacts. A persistent digital object identifier (DOI) is created for each submission, making stored items easily citable. The necessary datasets, documents and other research materials can be found in the Zenodo search engine. Researchers from any research discipline are permitted to upload data in any file format. Section 6(c) of the EUI Library Research Data Guide details the attribution of metadata to research datasets. The Zenodo code itself is open-source and built on the Invenio digital library, which is also open-source. Works in progress, open issues, and roadmaps are shared openly in GitHub, and contributions are welcome from all.
TechRxiv is an open, moderated preprint server for unpublished research in engineering, computer science, and related technologies. Using TechRxiv, authors can quickly disseminate their work to a wide audience and get community feedback on a time-stamped draft of their research. TechRxiv accepts unpublished research in electrical engineering, computer science, and technology. Articles suitable for TechRxiv must conform to one of 16 topics describing TechRxiv’s areas of interest, including aerospace, bioengineering, communication, network and broadcast technologies, components, circuits , Devices and Systems, Computing and Processing, Engineering Materials, Dielectrics and Plasmas, Engineering. Profession, Fields, Waves and Electromagnetism, General topics for engineers, Geosciences, Nuclear engineering, Photonics and electrooptics, Power, energy and industrial applications, Robotics and control systems, Signal processing and analysis and Transport.