I need to share a draft of a scientific paper with another person. I have the intention of publish it, but it is not ready for submission yet. When submitting my paper, I would like to avoid accusations that it is not original work. Do I have to take anything into account in this respect before sending it?

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    Do you have any particular concern why you should not just email the paper to your colleague? – henning -- reinstate Monica Dec 15 '17 at 8:39
  • More than a colleague, he is a person interested in the work. – Bub Espinja Dec 15 '17 at 8:40
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    I answered with "use dropbox", and you commented that you don't want to know the best way to share the paper, but rather the "legal consequences" of doing so. Since this differs from the title of your question, and both the title and your comment differ from the question in the last line, I've deleted my answer and flagged your question as "unclear what you're asking". Please edit it to make it explicit exactly what you'd like to know. – Pont Dec 15 '17 at 8:43
  • @siserte and what's the concern? – henning -- reinstate Monica Dec 15 '17 at 8:43
  • @henning it is an unveiled work that I expect to publish I would not like to read any subsequent review saying that it is a non original work. – Bub Espinja Dec 15 '17 at 8:45

As per your comment, your main concern is that your sharing the draft may count as prior publication and will prevent you from eventually publishing the final paper.

Sharing a draft does not count as publication.

Moreover, your draft is most likely going to change a lot before you submit the final manuscript to a journal for review. In general, it is a good idea to share drafts early and often, so you can collect as much feedback as possible.

Some precautions:

  • make the draft status explicit
  • ensure the paper can't be found online before acceptance, so as not to compromise blind review (may depend on the field)
  • ask that the draft paper not be cited or circulated without permission
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    ensure the paper can't be found online – This is not a sound advice for fields with an active preprint culture, such as those fields using the Arxiv. – Wrzlprmft Dec 15 '17 at 11:03
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    @Wrzprmft maybe like this? I've had a paper rejected, because a draft with my name was online. – henning -- reinstate Monica Dec 15 '17 at 12:15

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