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A Brief Guide to Preprints

A short guide explaining what preprints are and how you can use them.

What is a preprint?

A preprint is a version of a research manuscript published before peer review.  Typically these are published electronically and made publicly available on large databases or preprint servers.  Publishing a preprint aims to speed up the process of disseminating research avoiding the delays caused by the publication process.  Publishing research as a preprint allows you to generate a conversation around your research and gain feedback from others. Authors would normally seek to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal at a later date.