May 21, 2022

Technical and Social Issues Influencing the Adoption Of Preprints in the Life Sciences (Preprint)

The following preprint (not peer-reviewed) was posted on PeerJ Preprints earlier today.


Technical and Social Issues Influencing the Adoption of Preprints in the Life Sciences (Preprint)


Naomi C Penfold

Jessica K Polka


via PeerJ Preprints
September 10, 2019
DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27954v1


Preprints are gaining visibility in many fields. Thanks to the explosion of bioRxiv, an online server for preprints in biology, versions of manuscripts prior to the completion of journal-organized peer review are poised to become a standard component of the publishing experience in the life sciences. Here we provide an overview of current challenges facing preprints, both technical and social, and a vision for their future development, from unbundling the functions of publication to exploring different communication formats.

Direct to Full Text (Preprint)
18 pages; PDF.

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