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!

Jul 12, 2017 - An open letter to ASME



You may add yourself as a signatory on this letter by submitting a pull request here or by sending an email to ASMEletter@engrxiv.org with your name, title, and affiliation in the subject line.

We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of engineering and supporting fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, are reaching out to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to request the society’s consideration in the matter of support for the practice of posting for public consumption, manuscripts prior to peer-review intended for later submission to an ASME published journal.

As you know, there have been ongoing concerns in the engineering research community regarding timely access to published research. The practice of posting preprints prior to formal peer review can greatly accelerate the pace of research progress. As ASME is a major publisher in the engineering field, we are requesting modification and improvement of the ASME Copyright Transfer Agreement (backup copy here) to allow ASME authors to archive their manuscripts with an eprint server prior to submission to an ASME journal without affecting the status of their submission. We feel that this would be best accomplished by including specific language in the copyright transfer policy that permits the posting of pre-reviewed manuscripts. In order to assist ASME with crafting this language, we specifically suggest:

Change the language found in Section 2: Permitted Uses:

“You may not deposit your Paper in a publicly accessible archive (whether print or electronic) that permits users to copy and distribute its contents without first contacting ASME for permission.”

to instead read:

“Authors retain the right to post preprints and postprints in an institutional or subject matter repository or to self-archive on their personal website.”

We hope that as a result of this letter, we may work with relevant leadership from ASME to draft a revised Copyright Transfer Agreement and to help ASME be at the forefront of this new means of research dissemination.


  1. Zach Baird, Junior Researcher, Tallinn University of Technology
  2. Lorena A. Barba, Associate Professor, The George Washington University
  3. Devin R. Berg, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  4. Kevin M. Moerman, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Jason K. Moore, Faculty, University of California, Davis
  6. Kyle E. Niemeyer, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
  7. Andrew Phillips, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
  8. Douglas L. Van Bossuyt, Partner, KTM Research LLC

Apr 17, 2017 - Now indexed by Google Scholar


In exciting news over the weekend, engrXiv is now being indexed in Google Scholar! A big thank you to the team at the Center for Open Science for all their hard work in collaborating with the Google Scholar developers to bring this feature online. This is a great step in getting engrXiv preprints recognized in the scholarly community and for rapid dissemination of our work and its connection to the broader body of knowledge.

Check back here for more developments arriving in the coming months!

Screenshot of the engrXiv indexed in Google Scholar.