In a nutshell

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), a journal of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), posts Preprint Highlights selected and prepared by the journal’s Early-Career Editors. They provide brief summaries and structured recognition of selected preprints in the form of Badges and Significance Statements.

Goals and intentions

With this project, ASCB aims to promote the curation of the preprint literature for the benefit of the scientific community. We intend for MBoC Preprint Highlights to help readers from diverse backgrounds discover relevant preprints to read and understand the background context and importance of the work.

Badges visually alert readers to valuable components of the research, such as openly accessible data sets or software, useful instructional materials, and more. Significance Statements give a brief and broadly accessible overview of the background, key findings, and potential impacts of the study.

MBoC Preprint Highlights are posted on and linked on the preprint in bioRxiv, but do not imply that the preprint has been peer-reviewed or will be published by MBoC.

This project was initially supported by a Learned Society Curation Award from the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to ASCB.

Project status
Types of outputs
Review process
  • Review requested by
  • Reviewer selected by
  • Public interaction
  • Author response
  • Decision
Review policy
  • Review coverage
    Complete paper, Specific aspects
  • Reviewer identity known to
  • Competing interests
Review features
  • Manuscript hosting
  • Eligible reviewers/editors
    MBoC's Early-Career Editors have been selected through an open call for applications. These editors identify preprints within their own topics of interest to review and highlight.
  • Tags or badges
  • Number of scholarly outputs commented on
  • Metrics
    We will track reader usage and other metrics of the Preprint Highlights and the preprints themselves. We will compile a public report after the first year of activity, to be published as an editorial in MBoC.
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