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McKelvey School of Engineering

The Evolution of Preprints in the Life Sciences

Friday, October 29 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for an Open October virtual keynote address from Jessica Polka, executive director, ASAPbio.

The use of preprints has accelerated dramatically in the life sciences in recent years, enabling researchers to rapidly and freely disseminate and update their papers. This growing prominence has thrust preprints into the public eye and raised questions about how best to indicate, manage, and improve their information quality. Jessica Polka discusses the evolving landscape of preprint servers; their interactions with journals, funders and scholarly infrastructure; and how innovations in preprint-focused peer review and curation might influence the future of publishing.

Join us on Zoom at the time of the event. No registration is required, but registering will send an email with details for your calendar.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar/Colloquia


Brown School, School of Medicine


Science & Technology, Medicine & Health



Bernard Becker Medical Library, Institute for Informatics, University Libraries


Event Contact

Marcy Vana | vanam@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

As executive director of ASAPbio, Jessica Polka leads initiatives related to peer review and oversees the organization’s general administrative and strategic needs. She performed postdoctoral research in the department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School (2013-2016) following a doctorate in Biochemistry from UCSF (2012). She lives and works in Somerville, MA.

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