[PRN_141205001]PRN: a preprint service for catalyzing R-fMRI and neuroscience related studies


PRN: a preprint service for catalyzing R-fMRI and neuroscience related studies


Chao-Gan Yan1,2,3*, Qingyang Li 3, Lei Gao 3,4


1The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY, USA; 2Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, USA; 3Editorial Office of PRN, the R-fMRI Network, Inc., New York, NY, USA; 4Department of Radiology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China. 


*Corresponding author:

Chao-Gan Yan, Ph.D.

E-mail: ycg.yan@gmail.com



Sharing drafts of scientific manuscripts on preprint hosting services for early exposure and pre-publication feedback is a well-accepted practice in fields such as physics, astronomy, or mathematics. The field of neuroscience, however, has yet to adopt the preprint model. A reason for this reluctance might partly be the lack of central preprint services for the field of neuroscience. To address this issue, we announce the launch of Preprints of the R-fMRI Network (PRN), a community funded preprint hosting service. PRN provides free-submission and free hosting of manuscripts for resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (R-fMRI) and neuroscience related studies. Submissions will be peer viewed and receive feedback from readers and a panel of invited consultants of the R-fMRI Network. All manuscripts and feedback will be freely available online with citable permanent URL for open-access. The goal of PRN is to supplement the “peer reviewed” journal publication system – by more rapidly communicating the latest research achievements throughout the world. We hope PRN will help the field to embrace the preprint model and thus further accelerate R-fMRI and neuroscience related studies, eventually enhancing human mental health.


Keywords: Free-submission, Neuroscience, Open-access, “Peer viewed,” Preprint-hosting, R-fMRI

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