Sep 22, 2017 - engrXiv and OSF for Meetings for your conference proceedings

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Far too often we see conferences host their proceedings on the temporary conference website, on Google Drive or Dropbox, or even just on flashdrives distributed to attendees. Of course, none of these options guarantee any form of permanence or wider distribution beyond the conference itself. Here is where engrXiv and OSF for Meetings can help. OSF for Meetings provides a centralized page (see below) for all associated articles that will allow conference participants to easily find the entire conference proceedings in one location. Meanwhile, by simultaneously posting each article from the proceedings to engrXiv, they become more visible to the wider engineering community, are automatically assigned a DOI, get indexed in Google Scholar, and can be easily connected to any later version of the article and continue to accumulate citations.

If you are intersted in hosting your conference proceedings on OSF for Meetings and engrXiv, send us an email at info@engrxiv.org.

Jul 27, 2017 - One year anniversary of engrXiv

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Today we celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the launch of engrXiv. In the last year, you all have posted over 120 eprints to engrXiv. During this time, we have also partnered with Overleaf where you can author and submit (an engrXiv template is also available on Overleaf), gotten eprints on engrXiv indexed by Google Scholar, and begun assigning DOIs for all submitted eprints. We think the next year will be even bigger and we are glad you’re here with us!

Jul 17, 2017 - Citation benefits of preprinting with engrXiv

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Now that engrXiv eprints receive their own DOI assignments, the value of submitting your engineering preprints to engrXiv is even greater. We already know that making your engineering work available through OA venues such as engrXiv has benefits such as increased access in developing nations, wider readership, and increased citation counts1-5. With DOIs now available for all engrXiv eprints, it is easier than ever for others to cite your work using a persistent identifier. Further, since engrXiv is indexed by Google Scholar, any citations your preprint receives prior to formal publication will be combined in the Google Scholar citation metrics.

After formal publication, it is easy to update your preprint’s record on engrXiv with a DOI link to the publisher version. Even if the final version is not published in an OA venue, readers without access to that publication will still be able to read your preprint version on engrXiv!

Preprinting your article with engrXiv at the time of submission and updating the record after peer reviewed publication is the best way to ensure that your work is being read (and cited) quickly and by the greatest number of people.

References cited

1Berg, D.R., Fleischfresser, L., and Niemeyer, K. Open publishing in engineering. Editorial in The Journal of Open Engineering. DOI: 10.21428/12302
2Rocha da Silva, P. Born Digital: building the ultimate open-access publisher. Frontiers OA Commentary. Link: https://blog.frontiersin.org/2015/12/22/born-digital-building-the-ultimate-open-access-publisher/
3McKiernan, E.C., Bourne, P.E., Brown, C.T., et al. How open science helps researchers succeed. eLife. 5. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.16800.001
4Tennant J.P., Waldner F., Jacques D.C., et al. The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review. F1000Research. 5, 632. DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.8460.3
5Koler-Povh, T., Južnič, P., and Turk, G. Impact of open access on citation of scholarly publications in the field of civil engineering. Scientometrics. 98, 2, 1033–1045. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-013-1101-x