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Practical guide to preprints

Published on
October 29, 2021

In Open Science and academic publishing, the preprint is increasingly becoming an important element in academic communication. By publishing a preprint you can quickly announce your results and receive feedback from fellow researchers to further develop your work. The NWO has published a practical guide to help you decide if posting a preprint is appropriate for your work.

Preprints

Preprints are academic manuscripts that have not been peer-reviewed or published in a traditional publishing venue. In Open Science and academic publishing, the preprint is increasingly becoming an important element in academic communication. By posting preprints, academics can quickly share their findings and build upon each other’s work.

But, to what extent do preprints differ from articles published in an academic journal? How do you post a preprint yourself and through which preprint archive? How do you interpret the research results published in preprints?

About the guide

This practical and informative guide aims to inform researchers about how to post and use preprints. It also offers information to the general public (journalists, patients, healthcare workers, etc.) on how to interpret the research published through preprints. The guide is published by the Dutch Consortium of University Libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands (UKB), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Chantal Hukkelhoven, specialist Open Science and Education at WUR Library, is one of the co-authors.

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