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Preprints: How to get started with preprint sharing

sharing, finding, and using preprints

What is a Preprint?

A preprint is a draft research paper that is shared publicly before it has undergone peer review.  Preprint manuscripts may be assigned a Digital Object Identification (DOI) for citation purposes.  Uploading a paper to preprint server has the benefits of making research results available and visible to others in a shortened time frame, thus allowing credit to be given to the initial researcher and increasing collaboration and feedback.

How does a preprint differ from other versions of an article?

article versions: preprint, postprint, published

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Preprints, postprints, and (when rights permit) published versions can be shared by IUPUI authors in IUPUI ScholarWorks.

Learn More About Preprints

FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) provides a brief, self-guided course on preprint sharing. Course objectives include:

  • know what preprints are
  • be able to find a suitable preprints platform to share your early findings
  • understand the pro and cons of sharing preprints
  • be aware of how sharing preprints can benefit your career progression

Read More About Preprints


Elements of this work are adapted, with permission, from Karen Coghlan's "Preprint Servers" (Worcester Polytechnic Institute).

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