Posted by: bluesyemre | October 9, 2019

Accelerating #ScholarlyCommunication: The transformative role of #Preprints (A #report by #KnowledgeExchange)

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This study was based on a comprehensive literature review and a set of 38 interviews that were transcribed and qualitatively coded for the purposes of thematic analysis. We mainly focused on research areas where preprint posting is growing (e.g. biology, chemistry and psychology, which were the focus of our interviews) but also considered disciplines where preprint posting is common (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science, economics) or relatively less widespread (e.g. humanities).

The preprints landscape is evolving rapidly, and the full impact of sharing articles in pre-review form remains to be seen. After publishing our initial report ‘The evolving preprint landscape’ in 2018 and a slide deck ‘Practices, drivers and impediments in the use of preprints‘ in spring 2019, we are now able to share our final report ‘Accelerating scholarly communication – The transformative role of preprints‘.

Preprints (tentatively defined as versions of research papers typically prior to peer review and publication in a journal) have become more widespread in a number of disciplines over the last few years, partly to counter the slow pace of the traditional publishing process and partly to allow authors to reach a broader audience. Knowledge Exchange, in collaboration with Research Consulting, investigated this phenomenon in order to explore the current place of preprints in the scholarly communication process.

In this context, we interviewed 38 stakeholders, including researchers, research performing organisations, research funding organisations and preprint service providers, and reviewed over 60 literature sources.

Our key results include the benefits and challenges for researchers in using preprints as well as the establishment of trust without peer review including the role of twitter. Moreover, we reflect on the responsibilities for preprint posting in the future and the role of scholarly communities and commercial publishers.

In addition to our latest report you can find our detailed analysis in the preprint ‘Preprints and Scholarly Communication: Adoption, Practices, Drivers and Barriers‘ by Research Consulting on F1000.

Accelerating Scholarly Communication – The transformative role of preprints

Executive Summary Accelerating scholarly communication – The transformative role of preprints

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