Crossref announced today that it is now accepting the registration of Crossref DOIs for preprints. The key decision is to acknowledge that preprints are a valuable part of the research story, and ensure that authors’ own or institutional repository versions can be linked up with any eventual version on a publisher’s site.
In July 2015, the Crossref board voted to change its membership rules to reflect inclusion of “pre-publication” content. Crossref already accepted working papers and technical reports.
In 2016, Crossref has been implementing changes to its systems to accept preprints. This will clearly identify them, and ensure they can be linked to the accepted manuscript.
This work will also ensure:
- links to these publications persist over time
- preprints are connected to the full history of the shared research results
- the citation record is clear and up-to-date
Martyn Rittman, from Preprints, operated by MDPI added: Preprints.org is delighted to be the very first to integrate the Crossref schema for preprints. We believe it is an important step in allowing working papers and preliminary results to be fully citable as soon as they are available. It also makes it easy to link to the final peer-reviewed version, regardless of where it is published. Thanks to the hard work of Crossref and clear documentation, the schema was very simple to implement and has been applied retrospectively to all preprints at Preprints.org.
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