A group of open science advocates have launched the first preprint aimed exclusively at African scientists. The free, online outlet is one of a growing number for academics on the continent to share their work.
Many biologists are still reluctant to submit preprints, in part out of concern that doing so will allow others to “scoop” their work and undermine their chances of publication in a prestigious journal. I would like to rebut that concern, among others, and to share our research group’s first experience submitting a preprint manuscript.
Why do authors continue to cite preprints years after they've been formally published? A citation is much more than a directional link to the source of a document. It is the basis for a system of rewarding those who make significant contributions to public science.
Including preprints rather than focusing completely on published papers in journal clubs might benefit the scientific enterprise in numerous ways, including by providing direct criticisms to preprint authors before publication, deemphasizing publishing venue, teaching students the art of reviewing papers, and making journal clubs more current by discussing unpublished data.
I’m in graduate school to learn, and preprints—draft versions of journal articles that are shared prior to peer review—offer a great opportunity to do just that. Here’s how preprints help young researchers grow in ways traditional types of scientific communication don’t.
Hypothesis and the Center for Open Science Collaborate on Annotation
To enable peer feedback, collaboration and transparency in scientific research practices, Hypothesis and the Center for Open Science (COS) are announcing a new partnership to bring open annotation to Open Science Framework (OSF) Preprints and the 17 community preprint servers hosted on OSF.
Preprint Abstracts On bioRxiv Increasing Faster Than Medline
As preprints in medicine are debated, data on how preprints are used, cited, and published are needed. This study by John P.A. Ioannidis evaluates views and downloads and Altmetric scores and citations of preprints and their publications.
Pre-print Open Access Site arXiv Surpasses Billion Download Mark
The pre-print database for scientists to test the peer-review waters was set up in 1991 as a relatively simple electronic bulletin board on a single computer. Twenty-six years later, the site arXiv.org has surpassed a full billion downloads of papers and receives more than 10 million submissions each month.