Open Definition

The Open Definition sets out principles that define “openness” in relation to data and content.

It makes precise the meaning of “open” in the terms “open data” and “open content” and thereby ensures quality and encourages compatibility between different pools of open material.
It can be summed up in the statement that:

It can be summed up in the statement that:

“Open means anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share for any purpose (subject, at most, to requirements that preserve provenance and openness).”

Put most succinctly:

“Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose

SciProfiles

SciProfiles is an innovative social network for researchers and scholars, and is developed by MDPI.
In line with our broad mission, the purpose of SciProfiles is to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and providing opportunities for academic networking. SciProfiles is also built to inspire and improve global scholarly communication.

https://sciprofiles.com

Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

We encourage authors of review articles to quote and adapt the content of their published papers to create Encyclopedia entries. Introduction sections of original research articles can also be used to create entries. You can also create completely new entries on topics in which you have knowledge and expertise. In particular, papers can be both submitted for publication in an MDPI journal and simultaneously used to create one or more Encyclopedia entries.

Researchers can also create Encyclopedia entries ahead of journal publication. Your entry may also be used as a basis for creating a Special Issue in any MDPI journal, please contact our editorial office for further details.

Contributors will receive credit for creating entries, in addition to expanding, updating and correcting existing entries. All contributions to Encyclopedia will be noted on the page of the entry and each contributor will have a public profile showing their activity.

Entries related to paper published in MDPI journals will be listed and linked on the abstract page of the published paper.

https://encyclopedia.pub

Preprints

Preprints is a platform dedicated to making early versions of research outputs permanently available and citable. We post original research articles and comprehensive reviews, and papers can be updated by authors at any time. Content on Preprints is not peer-reviewed and can receive feedback from readers.

For authors intending to submit, please read the How it Works and Instruction for Authors pages. The majority of research journals allow authors to post on preprint servers such as Preprints prior to publication (see Preprints and Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals.

You can search our preprints using our search page, or check the latest preprints from your field. Log in to set up alerts for the newest preprints, or get involved by screening submitted preprints.

Why post with Preprints.org?

We believe in fast dissemination of research. Our simple, quick process ensures that others can read your work as soon as possible. Preprints has the following features:

Multidisciplinary: We cover all research disciplines, you can see the research categories here.

Open access: All preprints are posted with a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license, ensuring that authors retain copyright and receive credit for their work, while allowing anyone to read and reuse their work.

Citation via Crossref DOI: For each preprint, authors can choose to register a unique digital object identifier issued by Crossref. This makes them instantly citable and provides a permanent link to the article, even if the URL on our platform changes. New versions of preprints receive a different DOI.

Comment on any article: Authors can receive public or private feedback from readers directly from the preprint abstract page.

Simple submission process: Submitting a preprint only requires basic information, our team of editors will do the rest and post your preprint as soon as possible.

https://www.preprints.org

MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996.

Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. Our 222 diverse, peer-reviewed, open access journals are supported by over 35,500 academic editors. We serve scholars from around the world to ensure the latest research is freely available and all content is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

Journals include Molecules (launched in 1996; Impact Factor 3.060), the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (launched in 2000; Impact Factor 4.183), Sensors (launched in 2001; Impact Factor 3.031), Marine Drugs (launched in 2003; Impact Factor 3.772), Energies (launched in 2008; Impact Factor 2.707), the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (launched in 2004; Impact Factor 2.468), Viruses (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.811), Remote Sensing (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 4.118), Toxins (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.895) and Nutrients (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 4.171). With further offices in Beijing and Wuhan (China), Barcelona (Spain) and Belgrade (Serbia), MDPI has published the research of 263,500 individual authors and our journals receive more than 5.8 million monthly webpage views.

https://www.mdpi.com/

ASAPbio

ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in biology) is a scientist-driven nonprofit working to address this problem by promoting innovation and transparency in life sciences communication.

In 2015, ASAPbio founder Ron Vale published an analysis of the increasing time to first-author publication among graduate students at UCSF, and proposed a more widespread use of preprints in the life sciences as a potential solution. He recruited three fellow members of Rescuing Biomedical Research (Daniel Colon-Ramos, Harold Varmus, and Jessica Polka) to organize a meeting on the topic. Held at the headquarters of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in early 2016, the meeting concluded with broad consensus among attendees (among them researchers, funders, and representatives from journals and publishers) that preprints could productively contribute to the research ecosystem. As follow up from the meeting, ASAPbio began serving as a dedicated organization to coordinate efforts promoting the adoption of preprints in the life sciences.

ASAPbio subsequently received grant funding, incorporated as a nonprofit, and, in 2017, initiated a second area of programming focusing on increasing transparency in peer review.

https://asapbio.org/

Outbreak Science

Outbreak Science; A nonprofit to advance the science of outbreak response.

Recent epidemics of H1N1 influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), chikungunya, Ebola, and Zika, highlight the global importance of infectious disease outbreaks. The scale, speed, and diversity of these epidemics demand an equally scalable, rapid, and agile scientific response to prevent and control their impact.

Outbreak Science, a nonprofit founded in 2016, aims to support open data, open access, and open science in the context of epidemic responses.

https://outbreakscience.org/

PREreview, Post, Read and Engage with preprint reviews

PREreview’s mission is to bring more diversity to scholarly peer review by supporting and empowering community of researchers, particularly those at early stages of their career (ECRs) to review preprints.

PREreview is a new, open-source and free platform designed from the ground up to engage the whole scientific community with collaborative and constructive peer review on preprints.

Some of the key features of the new PREreview platform include the ability for users to sign-in with their ORCID IDs (with optional pseudonymity), solicit preprint feedback, leave comments, and endorse others’ reviews, all in accordance with PREreview’s Code of Conduct.

https://www.prereview.org/