Can I view preprint data on BenchSci?

Yes! We analyze preprint articles from bioRxiv, an open-access preprint repository.

Preprints are research articles that are shared publically before peer-review. By reviewing experimental data in preprints, scientists can gain early visibility into cutting-edge research, stay up-to-date with the most recently used experimental reagents and model systems, and avoid waiting months to years for an article to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

You can surface these novel insights from preprint articles by viewing product usage data from 460,000 experiments linked to over 100,000 experimental figures from bioRxiv's open-access preprint repository. Our partnership with bioRxiv allows you to include experimental data from preprints, in addition to peer-reviewed publications, supplier images,  and third-party validation sources, during the reagent-selection process.

Preprint figures can be identified within the Figure results tab by the distinct grey banner and Preprint Figure label. Check out this article here to learn more about how to identify and sort different figure data types.

Why are bioRxiv figures low resolution on the platform?

You may notice that experimental figures from bioRxiv are shown in low resolution within a preprint figure result modal.

We're unable to show full resolution images within the figure modal due to bioRxiv's intellectual property policy. However, we're still able to analyze the experimental data and will always provide a link to view the full paper on the bioRxiv website which you can access by clicking see preprint.

What happens to a preprint article that subsequently becomes published?

A subset of preprint articles are eventually peer-review and published. Since preprint articles are often significantly different from the version published in a peer-reviewed journal, both the preprint and published articles are analyzed and displayed separately. Thus, you'll be able to search for experimental data linked to both the preprint and published versions.