Oct 26, 2019 - Update to Engineering Archive's legal status and announcing the Membership Circle

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Update to our legal status

Engineering Archive started as and has remained a grassroots effort, by researchers, for researchers. As Engineering Archive has grown, it has become increasingly necessary to create an entity that is capable of managing its own finances and have its own legal status. Up to this point, Engineering Archive has been almost entirely financed by Director Devin Berg in addition to the in-kind contributions of the Center for Open Science.

With that in mind, Devin launched Open Engineering Inc. to search as an umbrella organization, and legal entity, over the top of Engineering Archive. Open Engineering is:

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the promotion of open practices in the engineering field. We are working towards increased awareness of open practices as well as providing tools to better enable engineers to be more open. We also provide resources and trainings that allow engineers to develop open workflows and participate more fully in the open dissemination of engineering knowledge.

Under Open Engineering, we now have the ability to accept tax-deductible donations and use other forms of generating income such as Amazon Smile.

Introducing the Membership Circle

Financing a grassroots effort such as Engineering Archive has always been, and probably will always be, a challenge. To this end, Engineering Archive has launched a new funding mechanism called the Membership Circle for libraries and institutions interested in supporting open engineering scholarship. We hope that in the shifting landscape of academic publishing, academic libraries and institutions will be able to find room in their budgets to support open access efforts such as Engineering Archive. At risk of sounding self-serving, we feel that efforts such as Engineering Archive are critical for increasing the availability of research and knowledge to the general public, particularly when the generation of that knowledge is publicly funded. This is especially important in engineering, a field where when applied correctly can have significant positive societal impact.

Your help needed!

We hope that all our Engineering Archive advocates will consider supporting these efforts by either helping us with a direct donation to Open Engineering or by advocating at your own institutions for them to support Engineering Archive and open engineering scholarship by joining the Engineering Archive Membership Circle.

Apr 11, 2019 - Switching to pre-moderation and a new withdraw feature

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We are well into 2019 now and the rate of submission to Engineering Archive continues to increase (check out our stats!). With this increased submission rate, we have also seen an increase in spam. We try to catch these as quickly as possible and remove them, but using a post-moderation process means that the spam gets shared publicly on our social media accounts before being caught. Therefore, to help mitigate this, we will be shifting Engineering Archive to a pre-moderation process. This means that all submissions will be reviewed prior to being publicly shared. This will result in a small delay between submission and public availability/social media sharing, but we will work to keep this delay to a minimum.

At the same time, we are rolling out a new feature which will allow authors to request withdrawal of posted preprints. While we expect these requests to be rare, there are circumstances where it is appropriate to take down a preprint in order to comply with copyright policies and other requirements. When the request is made, authors will be asked to provide a reason for the withdrawal which will be reviewed by a moderator. Once the withdrawal is processed, the preprint file will be removed and it will be replaced with a page containing the title, authors, and reason provided for withdrawal. This page will serve as a landing page for any future visitors looking for the preprint.

More information about this and other Engineering Archive policies can be found on our guidelines page or our FAQ page. Happy preprinting!

Dec 31, 2018 - A great 2018 at engrXiv

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At the end of 2017 there were 136 articles posted on engrXiv. As we close out 2018, engrXiv is now hosting 366 articles with more being uploaded all the time. This means that more articles were posted in 2018 (230 in total) than in the entire previous existence of the archive!

engrXiv print count by year

Growth of the submission rate continues to be strong and we expect this growth to continue into 2019.

engrXiv cumulative print count

This year we also added hypothesis integration to engrXiv which allows for the addition of comments and annotation directly on preprint files using the W3C web standard protocol for annotation. We also saw a small change to how supplemental files are surfaces on preprint pages. The link is now displayed right at the top of the page, making it easier for visitors to your preprint page to find additional files associated with the preprint. This link takes visitors to the OSF project page associated with the preprint if the project page exists.

new link to supplemental files

On the horizon, we expect to launch the display of view counts on preprint pages in 2019Q1. This metric is widely used to demonstrate impact of a work alongside download counts.

We hope you’ll join us in continuing to grow engrXiv in 2019 and make more of our engineering scholarship accessible and available to all! As always, in addition to posting your work, you can help contribute to the development and growth of engrXiv through one-time or monthly donations. See our donation page for the various ways in which you can make a financial contribution.