Answered By: Marijane White
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2023     Views: 10

Publishing preprints is a great way to enhance the visibility of your work. An excellent place to learn more about publishing preprints is the ASAPbio Preprint Resource Center.

The most likely preprint servers for OHSU Researchers are medRxiv and bioRxiv, but each has a limited scope, so potential submitters are advised to review their FAQs prior to attempting submissions:

If medXriv or bioXriv do not seem like the right home for your preprint, ASAPbio has a long list of available preprint servers. If there is not another appropriate discipline-specific server to submit to, you could publish at a generalist server like OSF Preprints, preprints.org, or Zenodo. The directory is downloadable in Excel format, so you might grab a copy to get an overview of the features each server offers.

You could also consider depositing it in our institutional repository (IR), the OHSU Digital Collections, but at present, this may not offer the same level of discoverability on the web as a preprint server might. The Library launched a new platform for our IR in 2023 and we are still in the process of making its content easily findable on the web.

It is difficult to give general advice on publisher or journal policies regarding preprints as they can vary widely. The ASAPbio Preprint FAQ is a good resource for getting an overview of the pros and cons of publishing preprints. They suggest that in most cases, publishing preprints is compatible with submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. It is typical that the same work posted as a preprint is also submitted for peer review at a journal. In fact, medRxiv has a program called M2J where they partner with a variety of journals to allow author submissions directly from their site, which you can learn more about at the bottom of their submission guide. If you have specific journals in mind for future submission, you can look up policies regarding preprints at Transpose. Always check a journal's website for policy specifics or changes prior to submitting!

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