Sign your name in support of preprints in NIH grants

Dear Fellow Postdocs,

We are presenting the opportunity to  sign an online petition in the next 24 hr if you favor the option to cite preprints in NIH grant applications and reports. FASEB recently stated its opposition to the use of preprints in NIH grant applications in response to an NIH request for information. FASEB society members (including students and postdocs) were not contacted regarding their opinions in this matter.  Many young scientists support the option to cite preprints in NIH grant applications and our voices should be heard.  The MRC, The Wellcome Trust, Helmsley Trust, and Simons Foundation all have issues recent policies encouraging the use of preprints in their proposals and we hope that NIH will follow these major funding agencies.

Gaining NIH support on this issue will send a strong message to the scientific community that preprints are a valid and respectable way to report your up-to-date progress to the rest of your field. This could also strengthen recognition of preprints by institutions, and promote the inclusion of preprints on job applications, allowing you to better support your claims on your CV.

ASAPbio (a grassroots scientist-led organization supporting preprints) has responded with counterarguments to the FASEB letter.  They also are trying to collect 1000 signatures from scientists who support the option to cite preprints in NIH grant applications and reports.  We already have ~700 signatures; help us reach 1,000! The petition will close at 6pm on Sunday 22nd January so please visit the website before then. Please go to the web site http://asapbio.org/faseb, where you will find the online petition and a point-by-point rebuttal of the FASEB letter, as well as links to the NIH RFI and FASEB letter .

We would also be happy to answer any questions you might have about preprints or ASAPbio, an organization founded to promote the use of preprints in biology.

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Best regards,
Samantha Hindle, Postdoctoral Fellow UCSF and ASAPbio Ambassador

with support from

Ron Vale and James Fraser, Faculty Members at UCSF and members of the ASAPbio Board of Directors.