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Preprints as a Hub for Early-Stage Research Outputs

Version 1 : Received: 14 June 2018 / Approved: 15 June 2018 / Online: 15 June 2018 (05:19:00 CEST)

How to cite: Rittman, M. Preprints as a Hub for Early-Stage Research Outputs. Preprints 2018, 2018060243 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201806.0243.v1). Rittman, M. Preprints as a Hub for Early-Stage Research Outputs. Preprints 2018, 2018060243 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201806.0243.v1).

Abstract

This paper explores whether preprints can better support open science by providing links to other early-stage research outputs. This potentially has benefits for transparency and discoverability of research projects. By looking at preprint submission systems, online preprints and surveying those who run preprint servers, I examined to what extent this is currently possible. No preprints server provided a complete service, however many allowed the linking of several open science elements from the abstract page. I looked at variation based on subject, age, and size of preprint server. In conclusion, authors posting preprints should consider the options provided by different preprint servers. It appears that open science is just one focus of preprint servers and further improvements will be dependent on preprint server policies and priorities rather than overcoming any technical difficulties.

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Subject Areas

preprints; open science; data; academic publishing

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Received: 15 June 2018
Commenter: Martyn Rittman (Click to see Publons profile: )
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: The author is Director of preprints.org and a full-time employee of MDPI.
Comment: Note the conflict of interest.
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