Can I get scooped if I post a preprint?
Q. Can I get scooped if I post a preprint?
Preprinting is actually a great mechanism for ensuring a record of priority.
Preprints on Authorea are registered with a DOI - a digital object identifier - which is a way to register your idea, your work and your precedence with a timestamp in the scholarly record, in a public manner. In this sense, publicity is better than secrecy. "With a nonpublic publication process, it is hard for authors to prove originality during this period if nothing about the work is registered in the public domain."  By contrast, by preprinting and formally registering your work in the scholarly record, you ensure precedence and originality of your idea, making scooping hard and easy to dispute.
 You can read more about this in Ten simple rules to consider regarding preprint submission
Updated on: 04/30/2020