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 [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.
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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 , Wellcome  and the US National Institutes of Health , allow researchers to cite preprints in their grant applications.
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