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All Popular Pre-print Servers for Academic Publication

Some popular preprint servers currently in use are the following:

  • BioRxiv pronounced “”bio-archive” is a preprint repository for the biological sciences, founded in 2013, and operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. The bioRxiv website states “By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.”
  • arXiv is an open access effort operated by Cornell University offering 1,377,332 e-prints (as of 2018) in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
  • Chemrxiv is the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) new preprint server effort (currently in progress).
  • The Winnower. The Winnower is an open access online scholarly publishing platform that offers an open post-publication peer review forum.
  • PsyArXiv is a somewhat new preprint server offering for the field of psychology, launched in 2016 by Cornell University.
  • PrePubMed indexes preprints from PeerJ Preprints, Figshare, bioRxiv, and F1000Research (other preprint servers).
  • engrXiv  engrXiv is directed by a steering committee of engineers and members of the engineering librarian community.
  • Preprint: Multi-disciplinary preprint server.

Members of the scholarly community, both researchers and editorial staff, should be aware that there are pros and cons to these types of preprint servers, and the debate about their usefulness, and ultimate role, is still ongoing.

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