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Getting Published in Health Sciences

Preprints

What are preprints?

  • A  preprint is the version of your manuscript that you make available online before your manuscript has been submitted, accepted and published as a peer-reviewed article.
  • Preprints are a common scholarly communication practice in the physical sciences and starting to emerge in biology and medicine. 

 

What advantages does a preprint have?

  • Early communication of your research - sometimes manuscript submission,  peer review and subsequent revisions can take a long time.
  • You can claim your stake on that piece of research and reduce anxiety over being scooped
  • Aid in the discoverability of you as a researcher and your work
  • Gather valuable feedback on your work before submitting to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Enhance collaboration with other researchers
  • Improve openness and accessibility of scientific findings

 

Where can I submit my preprint?

There are many different repositories for preprints, many of which are subject specific such as:

bioRxiv: the preprint server for biology: https://www.biorxiv.org/

PeerJ Preprints: for biological sciences, health sciences, medical sciences: https://peerj.com/about/preprints/what-is-a-preprint/

psyRxiv for psychological sciences: https://psyarxiv.com/

MedRxiv for medical and health sciences coming soon!: http://yoda.yale.edu/medrxiv

SSRN: many disciplines: https://www.ssrn.com/en/

Open Science Framework (OSF): any discipline: https://osf.io/preprints/

 

PRO TIP: Ask the editor of the journal you intend to submit to what that journal's policy is on preprints.  Some journals may regrads a preprint as a prior publication and then your manuscript may not be eligible for submission.

 

More info:

 Bourne PE, Polka JK, Vale RD, Kiley R (2017) Ten simple rules to consider regarding preprint submission. PLoS Comput Biol 13(5): e1005473. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005473

Committee on Publication Ethics. (2018, March). COPE discussion documents: Preprints. Retrieved from www.publicationethics.org/files/u7140/COPE_Preprints_Mar18.pdf