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BioRXIV: The Pre-print Server for Biology

Using BioRXIV

About bioRxiv
bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.

Articles are not peer-reviewed, edited, or typeset before being posted online. However, all articles undergo a basic screening process for offensive and/or non-scientific content and for material that might pose a health or biosecurity risk and are checked for plagiarism. No endorsement of an article’s methods, assumptions, conclusions, or scientific quality by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is implied by its appearance in bioRxiv. An article may be posted prior to, or concurrently with, submission to a journal but should not be posted if it has already been accepted for publication by a journal.

Authors are free to submit a revised version of an article at any time prior to its formal acceptance by a journal by clicking "Submit a Revision" within the Author Area. Once posted on bioRxiv, articles are citable and therefore cannot be removed.


bioRxiv accepts preprints of articles covering all aspects of research in the life sciences. When posting an article, the author assigns it to one of the following categories:

  • Animal Behavior and Cognition
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Paleontology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Scientific Communication and Education
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Zoology


For even more information about bioRxiv, check out their About Page.

Searching bioRxIV 

To search bioRxIV, input your search term into the basic search bar, or choose to do an advanced search. 


From here, select your article of choice, then select "preview PDF" and "download PDF" if you wish to do so.



**PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE ARTICLES ARE NOT PEER REVIEWED.** These articles can be a great place to view new research and topics. However, they are usually not suitable for use in research papers. 

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