In praise of preprints

Norman K. Fry*, Helina Marshall, Tasha Mellins-Cohen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tom Sheldon’s article published in July 2018 entitled ‘Preprints could promote confusion and distortion’ generated some heated debate and responses in both social media and the scientific literature. Here we present some thoughts and views from the Microbiology Society, a not for-profit membership charity for scientists interested in microbes and the publisher of a number of international peer-reviewed journals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1841-1843
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number7
Early online date02 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Citable preprints allow authors to establish priority for the work they have done by providing a public record. This is so well accepted that most funding bodies, including UKRI [19], Wellcome [20] and the US National Institutes of Health [21], allow researchers to cite preprints in their grant applications.

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  • Editorial policy
  • Peer review
  • Preprints
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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