More about why Sciety was created

The rising demand for open research and reviews drove the development of the Sciety platform. Find out why.


Sciety is a tool enabling networks of scholars to share their discovery, evaluation and organisation of preprints.


There has been a huge surge of preprints submitted to bioRxiv and medRxiv in recent years, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic compounding the need for immediate access to health and medical research.

Sciety was launched in late 2020, by a team operating within the non-profit organisation eLife as a way to decentralise peer-review, improve the quality and availability of published research, and expedite the publication of associated reviewer comments, which are often hidden during traditional modes of peer-review.

We aim to do this by helping peer-review communities openly sharing their review and curation activity alongside the associated preprint to make for a more open, and equitable system of peer-review; one where the hard work and expertise of reviewers can be read in context, and help readers make a more informed decision about the relevance - and rigour - of the depicted works. By doing this we are creating an ecosystem where review and curation is performed by many groups, not just a single journal.

Over time, we have seen an evolution in the activity around preprints; with scientists highlighting new research on social media, carrying out expert peer-review and traditional publishing organisations exploring new ways to curate research in public. And it is this that we wish to showcase on Sciety.

We want to explore all the ways technology can facilitate this public conversation around the latest research discoveries for the benefit of the scientific community.

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Sciety is made possible with the help of researchers, like you, from across the globe.

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For those who are really curious, a general history of Sciety can be seen in the evolution of our about page over time. You can also see our work on Miro and view our progress on GitHub.

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