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Ten simple rules to consider regarding preprint submission

4 May 2018
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For the purposes of these rules, a preprint is defined as a complete written description of a body of scientific work that has yet to be published in a journal. Typically, a preprint is a research article, editorial, review, etc. that is ready to be submitted to a journal for peer review or is under review. It could also be a commentary, a report of negative results, a large data set and its description, and more. Finally, it could also be a paper that has been peer reviewed and either is awaiting formal publication by a journal or was rejected, but the authors are willing to make the content public. In short, a preprint is a research output that has not completed a typical publication pipeline but is of value to the community and deserving of being easily discovered and accessed. We also note that the term preprint is an anomaly, since there may not be a print version at all. The rules that follow relate to all these preprint types unless otherwise noted.

Publication Details
Identifiers: 
doi: 
10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005473
Volume: 
13
Issue: 
5
Pagination: 
e1005473
Language: 
English
License Type: 
CC0
Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
Published year only: 
2018
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