A preprint is a version of a scholarly research output that has not yet been through peer-review and publication in a scholarly journal.
Preprints have been most notably part of the research landscape in the field of physics for some decades. Increasingly, researchers in the biological sciences have moved towards offering preprints, a trend that has rapidly accelerated with the urgent need to release scientific findings in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
There are now preprint platforms for virtually all disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences.
Rapid communication of new research
The publication can take from months to a year from submission
|Announce a new discovery and establish your priority||Work may be rejected if considered of low significance for the journal, or if the author is not established, even if the study quality is high|
|Potential for quick feedback from a large group of scholars, improving scientific rigour||Anonymous review and resubmission process meets rigorous standards|
|Policies regarding screening, correction, or withdrawal of research found to be lacking||Quality journals have clear editorial policies|
|Fully open access||Often behind a paywall|