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How to preprint

Preprints on Authorea

What is a preprint? A preprint is a copy of a manuscript which is shared on a publicly accessible repository, whether such manuscript is later submitted for publication or not. The volume and popularity of preprints have increased significantly in the last few years, in the physical sciences, the social sciences and the life sciences.

How can I preprint my document on Authorea? To preprint you work on Authorea, follow these simple steps:
Log in or sign up at
Upload your document or start a new one from scratch
When you are ready to preprint it, click the Publish button
Follow the prompts to pick a document license, select some keywords, and publish
Your document will be published with a DOI in the Authorea repository following basic screening (only content scholarly in nature is accepted in the repository)

What are the advantages of preprinting? Preprinting your work, on Authorea or elsewhere, allows for immediate indexing and rapid dissemination of your findings. Preprints have been shown to lead to an overall citation advantage (Aman, 2013).. Authorea also allows articles to be published/deposited as post-prints. That means early versions of documents that have already been published can be self-archived in Authorea. This publishing route, known as Green Open Access, has been shown to have a 53% citation advantage (Hicks, 2016).

What are the options available to me? Researchers writing on Authorea can choose to keep their work to themselves and collaborators (as a Private Draft) and then publish their documents as Authorea Preprints. They will appear in the Authorea repository.

Can I preprint my document if I am planning to submit it to a journal? Short answer: yes. But double check on the Sherpa/Romeo site for specific copyright and self-archiving policies of your journal.

Updated on: 11/13/2020