Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), a journal of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), now publishes 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 published editorial content in the journal 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 effort is supported by a Learned Society Curation Award from the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
We will track reader usage and other metrics of the Preprint Highlights and the preprints themselves. These data are publicly visible and we will compile a public report after the first year of activity.