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.

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 (set your article privacy settings to "Private"), or preprint their documents on Authorea (and they will appear in the browse section), or submit directly the document to their journal or preprint server of choice (full list here )

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.

How can I preprint my document on Authorea? To preprint you work on Authorea and issue a DOI to your document, select Publish from the tool bar. Next, select Create to issue a DOI for your document.

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