Preprint articles, a survey from Stanford Postdocs

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Our Citation Tracking service is able to track preprint articles. Recently, a survey was conducted among Stanford postdocs about this type of articles. Are preprints important? When do Stanford researchers upload their manuscripts to preprint platforms such as biorxiv? What are the positives and negatives of preprints? Here are the results.

Timing for Uploading Pre-prints

90% of the responders upload their manuscripts to preprint platforms such as biorxiv. In terms of timing, 80% upload at the time of submission to the journal.

Reasons for Uploading Pre-prints:

  • For job interviews/applications: 3 responses
  • To be citable during the review process: 2 responses
  • To claim priority for the research: 1 response
  • Due to working in a competitive space: 1 response
  • As a matter of lab practice (always do it): 1 response

Positive Outcomes from Pre-prints:

  • Aid in job search and interviews: 2 responses
  • Able to be cited earlier: 2 responses
  • Broader dissemination and readership: 1 response
  • Aid in fellowship applications: 1 response

Negative Outcomes from Pre-prints:

  • Decreased traffic to final version of the paper: 1 response
  • Potential citation split between pre-print and final version: 1 response

Mentioned Platforms:

  • bioRxiv: 9 mentions
  • Research Square: 1 mention

Final Thoughts

This survey suggests that the majority of researchers see the benefit in uploading manuscripts as preprints at the time of journal submission. The reasons vary, from claiming scientific priority to making the research citable in its early stages. However, there are also some potential downsides, like the dilution of citations and reduced traffic to the published article.

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