Jul 27, 2017 - One year anniversary of engrXiv


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


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

Jul 14, 2017 - Big news on DOIs and the engrXiv URL


We are happy to announce that all eprints posted to engrXiv are now being automatically assigned a DOI on submission! Once your eprint is posted, the page will display the DOI on the right hand side.

Preprint only DOI screenshot

If during the submission process (or in a later update) you add a DOI for the final published article, it will display alongside the eprint DOI.

Preprint only DOI screenshot

This way readers will always be able to find and reference the appropriate version of your article.

We are also excited to announce that the engrXiv URL has gotten a little cleaner. Prior to today engrxiv.org acted as a simple redirect to osf.io/preprints/engrxiv. However, as of now, engrXiv.org will act as your final destination for engineering eprints! Further, all preprints hosted on engrxiv have their own url using their unique identifier of the form engrxiv.org/k7fgk/. We think that this new, cleaner URL scheme will make it easier to identify engrXiv URLs and we hope you like it too!