Biomedical Science

Publish and Measure your Research Finding


What are Preprints?


Preprints are defined as “a scholarly manuscript posted by the author(s) in an openly accessible platform, usually before or in parallel with the peer review process” (Committee on Publication Ethics [COPE], 2018). They are a version of a scientific paper uploaded by the authors to a public server before it is published in a peer-review journal. The preprint contains complete data and methodologies. 

Some publishers allow authors to self-archive copies of their published articles,  under certain conditions. These may include that only post-print and/or pre-print versions of an manuscript may be made available or an embargo period may apply. 

Check Publishers' restrictions using SHERPA/RoMEO

Benefits of Pre-Prints:

- Increase openness and accessibility of scientific findings

- Increase the speed of dissemination of knowledge

- Enhance collaboration among researchers

- Facilitate proactive sharing

- Improve with feedback from the community.

Learn more about Preprints

Ten Simple Rules to consider regarding PrePrint Submission

On the Value of preprints: An early career Researcher Perspective

ASAPbio Preprint info center


Examples of PrePrint Servers

arXiv A preprint server for physics, quantitative biology, statistics, mathematics, and other similar fields
bioRxiv A preprint server for the life sciences
ChemRxiv A preprint server for chemistry
PeerJ Preprints A preprint server for the biological, medical and environmental sciences
PsyArXiv A preprint server for the psychological sciences
PaleorXiv A preprint server for paleontology
MedRxiv A Preprint service for the medicine and health sciences
Skip to main content

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
1350 Jefferson Park Avenue P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville, VA 22908 (Directions)

facebook twitter instagram
© 2018 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
Copyright & Privacy