Pre-prints : a more affordable and quicker way to share research results

de Castro, Pablo and Sakata, Shuzo (2021) Pre-prints : a more affordable and quicker way to share research results. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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      Abstract

      The growing availability of a wide range of subject-based pre-print servers such as bioRxiv and ChemRxiv is driving the research funders' and institutions' policies towards promoting the deposit of early versions of research works in such platforms. This trend has only been reinforced by the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has reassured these key stakeholders that this is the right way forward in the domain of scholarly communications. Pre-prints not only allow a much earlier dissemination of research results, but they do not prevent the publication of the work in a well-respected journal following the standard peer-review process and they critically ensure the open availability of these usually publicly-funded research results at a very early stage. The talk will examine the workflows associated to pre-print deposit and later publication in a journal, the associated usage stats and citation advantages offered by these pre-print servers, the policies issued by specific research funders regarding pre-prints and the permissions offered by publishers for posting early, still unreviewed versions of a research work. A prominent Strathclyde researcher who regularly posts pre-prints on these servers will feature alongside the Open Access Advocacy Librarian to discuss these topics.

      ORCID iDs

      de Castro, Pablo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6300-1033 and Sakata, Shuzo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6796-411X;