Jul 23, 2018 - Engineering Archive now integrated with Hypothesis


Engineering Archive is now integrated with Hypothesis, a third-party annotation tool that allows you to annotate preprints and provide feedback to the authors. The partnership builds on the foundations laid by the publication of web annotation as a standard by the W3C, the pioneering work by Hypothesis to build an open annotation infrastructure and by COS to offer OSF as a comprehensive platform for open scientific research and publication.

Once you set up a Hypothesis account, you can read, create, and reply to annotations and page notes through a simple interface directly over the preprint file itself. Readers will be able to make public annotations, private notes, or create collaboration groups. Annotation on preprints will increase transparency in scientific practices by enabling researchers to collaborate, discuss research with peers, and share additional information directly on preprints both before and after they are posted. We think this will be a useful tool to help gather early informal feedback prior to publication. This early feedback is one of the real strengths of preprints!

You can see an example of Hypothesis annotation on this preprint.

Mar 19, 2018 - Progress of engrXiv posts


We ended 2017 with 136 articles posted on engrXiv. At the time of writing, engrXiv is hosting 172 articles with more being uploaded all the time. While the rate of posting hasn’t yet increased exponentially, 2018 is definitely off to a great start!

engrXiv print count
Data: https://osf.io/e2hyd/ | Code: https://git.io/vx3TN

Dec 29, 2017 - 2017 has been quite a year


2017 has been a great year here at engrXiv. After a soft launch in mid-2016, the service rolled out in full in December 2016. At time of writing, we have published 136 engineering articles that are free to read and download. Over the last year we have also implemented a number of new features including being indexed by Google Scholar and the issuing of DOIs for all engrXiv submissions. There is more to come in 2018! Coming shortly, be on the lookout for enhancements to article level analytics and metadata options. A little further down the road we are looking to implement a commenting system.

It is becoming increasingly common that publishers are open to the posting of preprints prior to publication and often there are provisions for posting the author version of a manuscript after publication as well. While some publisher’s policies could use greater clarity, we expect to see greater improvement in this area through 2018 as authors push for more control over their scholarship and retention of more of their rights.

Currently only ~17% of published work in engineering is openly accessible. With your help, let’s make 2018 the year that open scholarship in engineering really takes off!