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’ [1] generated some heated debate and responses in both social media and the scientific literature [2–4]. 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)503-505
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 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
  • Microbiology (medical)


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