Accelerating Scholarly Review, Publishing, and Discovery



The launch of OSF Preprints branded services continues COS’s ongoing commitment to open and transparent research practices. The new preprints service is built on our flagship platform, OSF, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, data storage, DOI management, and collaboration. 

We developed OSF Preprints to meet these major goals: 

  • Facilitate and accelerate new models of scholarly communication across multiple research disciplines
  • Improve accessibility of scholarship
  • Facilitate timely feedback on scholarship
  • Address delays of research publishing
  • Improve scholarly communication
  • Provide a single search interface to access a growing number of preprint sources

OSF Preprints uses SHARE to aggregate search results from a variety of other preprint providers such as arXivbioRxivPeerJCogPrints and others. Over a million preprints are indexed and can be searched by author or keywords, or filtered by subject, preprint server, and most recent contributions. Preprint contributors are encouraged to provide supplemental data and materials, if available. If the preprint is associated with an existing OSF project, that project is linked for further exploration.

Contact us for more information about setting up an OSF Preprint service. 

Share Work

Share Work

OSF Preprints makes sharing research as easy as uploading a file. Post your work, solicit feedback, and tag categories for others to find, comment on, and engage with you.

Connect the Research

Connect the Research

OSF Preprints integrates OSF project infrastructure, allowing researchers to include supplemental data, materials, code or other information alongside their preprint. These files can be stored on OSF Storage or through connected services like Github, Dropbox, AmazonS3, Box, GoogleDrive, OwnCloud and others.

Improve Discoverability

Improve Discoverability

All branded preprint services are automatically indexed in OSF Preprints aggregate search, which harvests data from many preprint providers. Using a keyword search or subject filter, visitors can search across all of these providers from one site.


You build the community. We've built the infrastructure.

COS provides branded preprint services to communities interested in building a preprint service for a specific discipline, research topic, geography or other commonality. The branded preprint services are built on OSF Preprints infrastructure, a shared toolset for file upload, sharing, persistence, and discovery.

OSF Preprints and branded preprint services are integrated with SHARE for search and discovery. SHARE allows users to search across all preprint platforms, including those hosted by other groups such as arXiv, bioRxiv, and PeerJ. You can focus your efforts on generating research, not on managing research infrastructure.

The service can be configured to match each organization's brand, editorial focus, licensing requirements, and taxonomy. Once configured, a new service can be up and indexing new preprints in a matter of days. We have already launched five major new branded services--PsyArXiv, AgriXivSocArXiv,  engrXiv and LawArXiv--and are adding more all the time. These partnerships provide free, open access, open source archives for psychology, social, and engineering science research and are in response to the growing need for faster, open sharing of research on open platforms.


All OSF Preprints and their branded affiliates are indexed in Google Scholar for maximum discoverability.


Control the Quality of Submissions

Preprint submissions to your service can be moderated for quality and compliance, either pre- or post-publication, to ensure the integrity of the content. Admins can enable one or more moderators to check for copyright, accuracy and fitness using your editorial policies. Authors and moderators both receive notifications on the status of any submission.

Sustainability and Costs

OSF Preprints is an open infrastructure made sustainable by a distributed cost model that leverages the diverse community of supporters interested in individual research communities or in support of open scholarship more generally. In 2019, OSF Preprints maintenance costs were $208,076 with 26,143 new papers posted across all services ($7.95 per paper). For 2020, we project maintenance costs of $229,225 with 35,650 new papers posted ($6.81 per paper). We expect to achieve further economies of scale as the services become increasingly popular in their communities.

The fee schedule shows cost responsibilities for individual preprint services based on their anticipated volume of papers in 2020. With the services hosted on OSF Preprints at the beginning of 2020, this fee structure accounts for $87,976 in contributions by the preprint services toward maintenance costs (38% of total). COS expects to fundraise the remaining $141,249 of maintenance costs (62%). Qualifying services may receive a subsidy from COS to operate their service when resources are available. Communities joining with their own preprint service further advance the diversification of resources and sustainability of the service for all communities. COS covers 100% of the cost associated with hosting Thesis Commons and OSF Preprints in addition to providing the subsidy portion outlined below for each of the Community archives we currently host. 

Fee Schedule Yearly Submission rate            
Number of preprints 0-100 101-500 501-1,000 1,001-3,000 3,001-5,000 5,0001-10,000 10,001+
Total cost of service $1,957.67 $7,836.54 $13,046.23 $23,513.55 $30,795.72 $48,988.69  
COS subsidy portion $958.67 $3,837.54 $6,047.23 $11,514.55 $12,796.72 $23,989.69  
Annual price for services $999 $3,999 $6,999 $11,999 $17,999 $24,999 Negotiated
Cost per paper at top $9.99 $8.00 $7.00 $4.00 $3.60 $2.50  


Advisory Group

Our advisory group includes leaders in preprints and scholarly communication.

Devin Berg : engrXiv, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Pete Binfield : PeerJ PrePrints

Benjamin Brown : PsyArXiv, Georgia Gwinnett College

Philip Cohen : SocArXiv, University of Maryland

Kathleen Fitzpatrick : Modern Language Association

John Inglis : bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Rebecca Kennison : K|N Consultants

Bethany Nowviskie : Digital Library Federation, University of Virginia

Kristen Ratan : CoKo Foundation

Oya Rieger : arXiv, Cornell University

Judy Ruttenberg : SHARE, Association of Research Libraries