Thread: EarthArXiv - a community-led preprint server for Earth Scientists

Started: 2017-09-24 02:48:41
Last activity: 2017-09-24 02:48:41
Jackson, Christopher A - L
2017-09-24 02:48:41
Hi All,

Sorry for the long message, but the information and request may be of interest to some of the IRIS membership. Please grab a cup of tea and some biscuits, and read on...

A preprint is a version of a scholarly paper that precedes publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The preprint may persist with it’s own unique DOI after a paper is published in a journal. A preprint server is a platform built to host preprints.

While a preprint server related to physics, mathematics and computer science has been around for decades, preprint servers have only recently become available for other science disciplines such as biology Major funders, including the German Science Foundation (DFG), Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council (MRC), and Cancer Research, now accept preprints in support of funding applications. Given this, and the desire amongst researchers to accelerate sharing and use of research material, we believe the time is right to enable a preprint service for the Earth sciences - EarthArXiv. e-Print archive
arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

A group of international volunteers has gathered through the Earth Science Information Partners

to help coordinate an effort to build a community-led preprint service for the Earth sciences. ESIP is a community of organizations dedicated to realize solutions for the science use of Earth data. We have been approached by the Center for Open Science, a non-profit organization focused on open, reproducible research, to partner with them and use their preprint server platform. Now we need to build awareness of the existence and benefits of EarthArXiv. By combining our efforts into a common preprint service we can grow this more quickly and realize its potential that much sooner for all Earth scientists. Thus, there are two aspects to advancing EarthArXiv: 1) providing a physical preprint infrastructure for all Earth science domains not currently publishing preprints elsewhere; and 2) bringing together all interested parties, regardless of where they publish preprints, to discuss topics surrounding scholarly publishing.

The Center for Open Science
At the Center for Open Science, our mission is to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research. Promoting these practices within the ...

If you are interested in learning more about EarthArXiv, please contact me directly and/or complete a brief form Please note that the additional data requested on the form will help us collectively ensure our governance is as diverse as the community we wish to serve.

EartharXiv volunteer information form
We use this to gather information to help build the EartharXiv governance and volunteer list.

At present we are looking for an Advisory Council, of 15 people, to oversee the technical, administrative, and roadmapping issues of publishing preprints. We are also looking for any number of Community Ambassadors who are willing to promote EarthArXiv to their respective communities. After ensuring for the desired level of diversity, a random sample of 15 Advisory Council members will be chosen; this committee will be expected to, amongst other tasks: (i) monitor content submitted to EarthArXiv; (ii) work with OSF to establish the taxonomic structure and overall look of EarthArXiv; (iii) coordinate future efforts to obtain funding and/or endorsements for EarthArXiv from professional societies; and (iv) work with OSF to develop future functionality for EarthArXiv . The remaining folks will become Community Ambassadors, serving the community by: 1) promoting EarthArXiv in their home institutions, communities, and countries via social media, presentations, etc,; 2) moderate content submitted to EarthArXiv and which falls outside of the immediate area of expertise of the committee; and 3) work with Earth science publishers and funders to accept preprints as a valid step in the publishing pipeline. We anticipate that Advisory Council members will serve a 2-year term.

Thanks for your support!

On behalf of the EarthArXiv, ESIP, and OSF team,

Chris Jackson (Imperial College) and Tom Narock (Notre Dame)

Twitter: @EarthArXiv

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Professor Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson
Statoil Professor of Basin Analysis

Deputy Director (Projects) of MSc Petroleum Geoscience

Co-Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies
Basins Research Group (BRG
Department of Earth Science & Engineering
Imperial College
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