NIH Will Allow Preprints to be Cited in Applications and Reports

If you are applying for an NIH grant or preparing a progress report due May 25 and beyond, you may now cite interim research products, such as preregistration protocols and preprints, that have not yet passed peer review.

While still lagging behind physics, computer science, and math, there has been a recent increase in preprints in the life sciences posted on servers such as bioRxiv, arXiv Quantiative Biology and PeerJ Preprints. An article in Science discusses benefits and challenges from the perspectives of academics, funders and journals.

Read more about the new NIH policy on the NIH “Open Mike” blog: Following Up On Interim Research Products.