Authorea buys VC-backed The Winnower

Authorea has acquired The Winnower, a research publisher that offers advanced publishing tools to individual authors. No financial terms were disclosed. Authorea is backed by Lux Capital, the Knight Foundation, ff Venture Capital and New York Angels.



Authorea (, the online collaborative platform for researchers, today announced it has acquired The Winnower (, a pioneering research publisher that offers advanced publishing tools to individual authors.

With the acquisition, Authorea enhances the foremost online platform for researchers to write, cite, collaborate, host data, and publish all in one place. The acquisition follows a financing round led by Lux Capital and joined by Bloomberg Beta, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, TechHammer, ff Venture Capital, and New York Angels.

“We are building a powerful toolset for researchers to collaborate,” said Authorea CEO Dr. Alberto Pepe. “We’re supporting a research model that puts the author first, allowing him or her to write technical research documents online — with a data layer underneath — and to control fully the output and dissemination of that effort. We’re pleased to welcome aboard the team at The Winnower, which will help provide additional publishing options to our researchers.”

The Winnower, founded by Dr. Joshua Nicholson in 2014, is a leading publisher of preprints and grey literature — outputs that are often overlooked by traditional publishers.

“The Winnower offers traditional research publishing tools, such as a digital object identifier and permanent archival, to non-traditional documents like Reddit r/science Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) transcripts, blog posts, preprints, grant applications, citizen science reports, and more,” said Dr. Nicholson. “We’re delighted to join the forward-thinking team at Authorea. We share the mission of accelerating scientific discovery through superior research communication tools, and a big part of that is providing authors the tools to control their research from initial spark to output.”
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