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I'm working on a project where I've come across a couple relevant papers that are marked as "preliminary drafts" and/or with a request not to cite them because they are preliminary.

Should I cite the most similar, published work, ask the authors for their preference as close to publication as possible, or take a different route?

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    The answer to this question depends upon the specific journal you are submitting to and the authors' preference. For example, the Journal of Applied has a specific policy described here. – Richard Erickson Apr 20 '18 at 17:57

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