Many scholars have not been able to share their findings until it has been published in a journal. This will result in delays of months, often years, owing to long publishing periods. Writers are rightly disappointed with the length of time it takes to share their findings and to enjoy the rewards of a written research paper. But imagine if you could publish your paper online when you’re under the process of peer review so other researchers can see what you’re working on? Which is why preprints are created, and more and more researchers are using them for this very purpose. Are you thinking of submitting a preprint for the first time? You may not know what are required for uploading a preprint. This blog will give tips on writing a preprint paper.
Firstly, a preprint is a full draft research paper that is shared openly before peer review. Preprints can be issued with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) depending on the platform such that they can be referenced in other research articles. Basically, as mentioned earlier, preprints encourage you to post the findings when you’re ready — whether you’re researching for an imminent catastrophe, applying for a grant, or just looking forward to presenting your work to a broader audience. It is normal for researchers to have similar findings at the same time, but the publishing process may artificially prolong one paper or prefer another. Posting preprints enables researchers to openly date their findings. Preliminary input allows writers to develop their manuscripts. Cooperative conversations may lead to novel theories, follow-up experiments or partnerships with other study groups. There is nothing but positive with posting preprints.
A preprint could not have the same credibility as a paper in a peer-reviewed journal. However, it is highly urged you take the same caution in writing your paper. Your preprint will be available to the public, will not be deleted from the server and will most likely be more exposed than your journal post. That’s why you want to leave the right impression to make sure your thoughts and conclusions are recognized.
Preprints are reviewed for plagiarism and non-scientific or harmful material before they are posted on the server. However, they are not being edited or printed, so make sure that the style and the vocabulary make your preprint easy to understand. If you were hired by an external publisher to consult on structure and vocabulary, bring them on board before publishing a preprint. You might fear that if you post everything on preprint, someone else might take the full credit but leaving critical details out or keeping a very general summary of approaches is not ideal. Publishing a preprint will provide a lot of advantages for you by giving you priority, greater exposure, higher quotations, and an opportunity to refine it before you publish it in a journal. Make it worthwhile for your colleagues as well and give them a whole story.
As you upload the preprint to some repository, you hold the copyright for the paper, and you have the right to determine to what degree you’re enabling the research to be reused. Different preprint servers allow you to select from different licenses. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights as an author, please check ASAPbio. Also, most journals allow for preprinting, but it is worth reviewing what the journal policies specify.
Preprints are a minor but fast-growing piece of scholarly communication. They offer a range of advantages for changing the way science is shared-including credit for your work, early reviews and improved visibility-and we believe it is the future of science so why not give it a shot?
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