The Center for Open Science and EarthArXiv Launch Branded Preprint Service

Oct. 25, 2017

Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Open Science (COS) and EarthArXiv have launched a new preprint service for the earth sciences, sources for both organizations announced today. The new service, called EarthArXiv, provides free, open access, open source archives for the earth sciences.

EarthArXiv is the fifteenth community preprint service built on COS’s flagship platform, the Open Science Framework, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOIs, and collaboration. COS has leveraged that platform to help research communities in many disciplines discover new research as it happens and to receive quick feedback on their own research prior to publication.

The community preprints platform from COS provides organizations that want to launch their own preprints service an easy, robust, and stable solution. The platform can be configured to match their brand, editorial focus, licensing requirements, and taxonomy. Once configured, a new service can be up and indexing new preprints in a matter of days. COS is currently supporting branded services in psychology, sociology, engineering, agriculture, social sciences, imaging, paleontology, sports research, contemplative research, law, library and information science, nutrition and an Indonesian preprint service.

Over 2 million preprints have been already indexed from a variety of sources and can be accessed by selecting a subject of interest, entering specific search terms, or browsing the preprints most recently added to the service. Preprint contributors are also encouraged to include links to their research, if available. If the preprint is associated with an existing OSF project, that project can also be easily accessed and explored. OSF Preprints uses SHARE to aggregate search results from a variety of other preprint providers like arXiv, bioRXiv, PeerJ, CogPrints and others into its archive.

“EarthArXiv is excited to partner with the Center for Open Science on the technical implementation of our preprint system, said Thomas Narock, EarthArXiv’s co-founder. “We have two major goals in starting EarthArXiv--providing a physical preprint infrastructure for all Earth science domains not currently publishing preprints elsewhere, and bringing together all interested parties, regardless of where they publish preprints, to discuss topics surrounding scholarly publishing. With today’s public launch of EarthArXiv we have accomplished the first goal. We are excited to begin work on the second goal along with COS and the more than 100 international EarthArXiv volunteers who have come forward thus far.”

“COS is proud to provide the public-goods infrastructure to drive discovery and faster dissemination in the Earth sciences,” adds Matt Spitzer, Community Manager at the Center for Open Science. “EarthArXiv represents the kind of community-led effort that COS, and our efforts with OSF Preprints specifically, is built to serve. Several different groups, and hundreds of researchers from all stages of career, came together to support this effort. This group, and others that join it, will lead the way for community-driven scholarly communication and standards of practice.”

Interview with the founders of EarthArXiv.


About Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology startup founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The Open Science Framework (OSF), COS’s flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at and

About EarthArXiv

EarthArXiv is comprised of over 100 international volunteers who share an interest in open, reproducible science. We have seen the benefits that preprints bring to other domains and hope to do the same for Earth sciences. The name EarthArXiv is intentionally vague and represents our multi and trans-disciplinary scope. We aim to provide a preprint home for all Earth science domains not currently publishing preprints elsewhere. This includes all sub-domains of Earth science as well as computational, data, and instrumentation research relevant to the Earth sciences. We aim to bring together a broad and diverse group of academics and professionals to discuss topics surrounding scholarly publishing and open access.

Contacts for the Center for Open Science

Media: Rusty Speidel: | 434-284-3403

Starting a Branded Preprint Service: Matt Spitzer:


Twitter: @osframework

Contact for EarthArXiv

Media: Tom Narock and Chris Jackson, co-founders of EarthArXiv

Tom Narock, Notre Dame of Maryland University,

Chris Jackson, Imperial College, London,

Web: Preprint submissions and general contact:

Twitter: @EarthArXiv


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