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BIOL 150: The Study of Life


Increasingly in a number of disiplines, researchers are publishing their work BEFORE peer review in publications called preprints (though in some disciplines they are also known as working papers or white papers). These are still scholarly publications but have not gone through review by experts before publication.

According to ASAPBio

"What is a preprint?

A preprint is a scientific manuscript that is uploaded by the authors to a public server. The preprint contains data and methods, but has not yet been accepted by a journal. While some servers perform brief quality-control inspections (see details on the practices of individual servers), the author’s manuscript is typically posted online within a day or so without peer review and can be viewed (and possibly translated, reposted, or used in other ways, depending on the license) without charge by anyone in the world. Most preprint servers support versioning, or the posting of updated versions of your paper based upon feedback and/or new data. However, most servers also retain prior preprint versions which cannot typically be removed to preserve the scholarly record. Preprints allow scientists to directly control the dissemination of their work to the world-wide scientific community."

What Are Preprints? (videos)

Want a deeper dive into preprints or thinking about pubishing your own? Check out this in-depth video.

Post-publication peer review