Sep 26, 2016 - Opportunities to contribute

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Things are chugging along behind the scenes at engrXiv. OSF has rolled out their general preprint service which both allows uploading of preprints and also indexes and aggregates preprints from a variety of other servers. Preprints submitted to engrXiv are included in this index and are discoverable from that service. This service will soon provide the backend upon which engrXiv is built when we move out of beta.

If you are looking for opportunities to contribute to the development of engrXiv, we have two ongoing activities at the moment that you can help out with.

1) engrXiv will use the Bepress taxonomy as a means of categorizing submissions to the server. This categorization affects both submissions to the server and searching for preprints on the server. To make this as useful as possible to the engineering community, we’d like your input on the structure and organization of this taxonomy. Is there anything we should add or remove? Anything that should be organized differently? You can view the taxonomy on our GitHub page and submit any comments or suggestions using the issue tracker.

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2) We would like to create LaTeX and Word templates that can be provided to users as they draft their papers for engrXiv. These templates would not be a requirement for submission but would purely be a service provided to those who lack an alternative template. If you would like to contribute, please use the engrXiv-template GitHub repo to get started.

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to continue submitting your preprints to engrXiv!

Sep 1, 2016 - Author on overleaf, submit to engrXiv

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Thanks to a new collaboration between the the Center for Open Science and Overleaf announced yesterday, authors who draft their papers on Overleaf can now submit them directly to engrXiv from the Overleaf website. For those of you who are not familiar with Overleaf, it is a free service that lets you create, edit, and share your scientific ideas easily online using LaTeX right within your web browser. LaTeX takes care of the typesetting and formatting for you and Overleaf keeps you from having to install and configure LaTeX yourself.

Submitting couldn’t be easier. Once you are finished authoring your paper on Overleaf, just click the “Journals & Services” tab at the top of the page, scroll down and select engrXiv.

On the next window click, “Submit Article to engrXiv” and you are all set.

We are really excited about this collaboration and how easy it makes it to get your article up on engrXiv as soon as it is ready.

Happy writing!

Aug 16, 2016 - Working across disciplines

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Are you a researcher who conducts multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary work? Then using a preprint server hosted on the Open Science Framework is for you! In addition to great features such as the ability to upload multiple files and file types, OSF enables a preprint to be simultaneously posted to multiple archives. For now this includes engrXiv for engineering, SocArXiv for the social sciences, and PsyArXiv for the psychological sciences.

Thus if you do work that is appropriate for both engrXiv and SocArXiv, for example, you can post it to both by simply adding both relevant tags to the preprint’s page. The preprint will then be listed on both archives while pointing to the same page and will therefore be easily discoverable and accessible to members of both disciplines.