[Geodynamics] EarthArXiv - a preprint server for the Earth Sciences

Jackson, Christopher A - L c.jackson at imperial.ac.uk
Mon Oct 2 18:29:59 AEDT 2017

Thanks Christian,

And thanks all for taking the time to read this email. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. EarthArXiv intends to serve the needs of geophysicists/geodynamicists too!



Professor Christopher A-L Jackson
Statoil Professor of Basin Analysis
Co-Director MSc Petroleum Geoscience (Projects)
Basins Research Group (BRG)
Department of Earth Science & Engineering
Imperial College

> On 1 Oct 2017, at 19:36, "Christian.Heine at shell.com" <Christian.Heine at shell.com> wrote:
> Dear geodynamics colleagues,
> please see below Chris Jackson's email to the Geo-Tectonics list below regarding the "ArXiv for Earth sciences" (a.k.a. EarthArXive) preprint server.
> Regards,
> Christian
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Tectonics & structural geology discussion list [mailto:GEO-
>> TECTONICS at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Christopher Jackson
>> Sent: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 5:31 PM
>> Subject: EarthArXiv - a preprint server for the Earth Sciences
>> Hi All,
>> Sorry for the long message, but the information and request may be of
>> interest to some of the TSG 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 (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Ld1wBKU7JNwZtd?domain=arxiv.org), preprint servers have only
>> recently become available for other science disciplines such as biology
>> (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/GN1YBofZJp8VuR?domain=biorxiv.org). 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.
>> A group of international volunteers has gathered through the Earth Science
>> Information Partners (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/YZ5qB0unGM7xSD?domain=esipfed.org)  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 (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/K410BnU3ZlOrCL?domain=cos.io), 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.
>> If you are interested in learning more about EarthArXiv, please contact me
>> directly and/or complete a brief form
>> https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/e4MrBZUeXN7EHG?domain=docs.google.com. 
>> 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.
>> 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)
>> Twitter: @EarthArXiv
>> Slack:
>> https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/W91ABZi2gzb8fN?domain=esip-all.slack.com and look for the
>> #earth-sci-preprint-ch channel. Here is your INVITATION
>> https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/0RmgBrsZAdNQuo?domain=esip-slack-invite.herokuapp.com
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