Preprinting in a Material World

Publications are a method to communicate and archive scholarship — preprints enable sharing and improvement in this important process. (Photo from unsplash)

Why Preprints are important?

Figure 1 — the growth of cited publications grows expoentially (Bornmann and Mutz 2014)

What are preprints

Preprints are a great method of sharing your exciting new idea — they enable timely dissemination of new knowledge, and support discussion (photo from Unsplash)

How — the process of preprinting

When to preprint

There is never a perfect time to preprint work — we tend to focus on key milestones in the “traditional” journal and share when we are ready to submit a manuscript for peer reviews. Others submit work in time for conferences, and some submit near acceptance of the article. No need to rush it though — good ideas stand the test of time. (Photo from unsplash)

Risks

I spend a significant amount of my academic life worrying about risk — preprinting reduces my risks and increases my fulfilment in the publication process. (Photo from unsplash)
Your competitors are watching over your shoulders anyway. At least control the narrative and timestamp your contributions, and lets move towards a more collaborative publication model. (Photo from unsplash)
Figure 2 — SHERPA/RoMEO publishing statistics for archiving of publications.
The SHERPA/RoMEO record for Acta Materialia

Final word on PrePrints

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Atomic sorcerer, based at UBC (Canada). Plays with metals. Discusses academic life. Swooshes down ski slopes. Pegs it round parks. (Views my own)

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