In praise of preprints

Fry, Norman K. and Marshall, Helina and Mellins-Cohen, Tasha (2019) In praise of preprints. Microbiology (United Kingdom), 165 (5). pp. 489-491. ISSN 1350-0872 (

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Tom Sheldon’s article published in July 2018 entitled ‘Preprints could promote confusion and distortion’ [1] generated some heated debate and responses in both social media and the scientific literature [2–4]. Here we present some thoughts and views from the Microbiology Society, a notfor-profit membership charity for scientists interested in microbes and the publisher of a number of international peer-reviewed journals.