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In academic publishing, a preprint is the version of a scientific paper that often is seen prior to its publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The preprint is usually available at no cost to the reader before and/or after the paper is published. As is the case with most preprint services, an author has a venue to post his or her findings ahead of the formal peer-review and publication process. There are also other benefits for the author when a decision is made to upload the manuscript to a preprint server. Among them – this action can help reduce the research publication time frame, speed up the process in disseminating the findings, and establish early provenance of the research. Below are a list of preprint resources.
ASAPbio has produced a one-page infographic (10/2018) entitled, "How open is your preprint? that explains the range of openness with regard to preprint licensing. This easy-to-read illustration can be helpful in explaining the differences in licensing choices for preprints.
What Are Preprints? (published: Feb 13, 2016, 4:00 min)
Service supporting the advancement of scientific knowledge in African countries in multiple scientific fields.
Oldest of the science preprint servers and includes quantitative biology.
Accelerating Science and Publication in biology, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the use of biology preprints and increase transparency in science.
Biological sciences launched in November 2013.
Open preprint services supporting the diverse domains of Earth Science.
A place to store any kind of research output including data, figures, slides, and preprints.
LIS Scholarship Archives
An open scholarly platform for library and information science.
Similar to bioRxiv, this server is for clinical researchers to share their initial versions of their manuscripts before they appear in a peer-reviewed journal.
NIH Preprint Pilot
Project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). During the pilot, NLM will make preprints resulting from research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) available via PubMed Central (PMC) and, by extension, PubMed. The pilot aims to explore approaches to increase the discoverability of early NIH research results posted to eligible preprint servers.
PeerJ Preprint Archives
Focused on biology, medicine, and computer science. PeerJ also publishes an open access journal but there is no requirement that if a preprint is posted, it also needs to be submitted to the journal.
Service run by the biological community and supported by The Company of Biologists. The site features a team of scientists who regularly review, highlight and comment on preprints they feel are of interest to the biological community.
A multidisciplinary preprint platform covering a broad range of subject areas including behavioral sciences, biology, chemistry, and engineering.
Organized by Scientists and ASAP Ambassadors.
Focused on the psychological sciences.
A multidisciplinary preprint platform developed and operated by Research Square company. The platform allows researchers to share their work early, gain feedback, and improve a paper before submission to a journal. Researchers can also browse available preprints on this server.
From IEEE, this resource (currently in Beta) is a collaborative multidisciplinary hub that will facilitate the open dissemination of scientific findings in electrical engineering, computer science, and related technologies. This repository provides researchers across a broad range of fields the opportunity to share early results of their work ahead of formal peer review and publication.
We support preprints.... [blog]
Blog aims to increase awareness of preprints and open science initiatives by researchers through their stories.
This is a general-purpose open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. It allows researchers to deposit data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artifacts. You can also search for preprints.