As simple question as this: does a preprint have a better chance of being published after peer-review, than a journal article that is not or was not a preprint?

Note that the manuscript was submitted to a call for journal ... and is temporary a preprint

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    'preprint journal' ? Do you mean 'preprint journal article'? Either way this question is far too vague, I doubt that anyone can give you a satisfactory single answer.
    – user438383
    Jul 21 at 22:48
  • I am very clear in my question though! I am asking something very specific.... Jul 21 at 22:50
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    There's no rule that says whether an article is more likely to be accepted if it was a preprint. It depends on the article, the field, the journal, the editor, what the editor had for breakfast...
    – user438383
    Jul 21 at 22:51
  • hahahaha, ok I got it.... Jul 21 at 22:55
  • What is a "preprint journal?" Jul 21 at 22:57

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An journal editor once told me about an experiment they did where for every article submitted to their journal during a particular period they tracked if and when the manuscript appeared as a preprint on the arXiv, and what the final fate of those submissions were. In their data they did find manuscripts that appeared on the arxiv before or during peer-review were more likely to be accepted by their journal.

Of course, correlation does not imply causation, i.e. it is not necessarily true that the simple act of making a preprint available raises the likelihood a particular manuscript gets accepted. More likely this is a selection effect, if authors are confident in their work they are more likely to make it public available as a preprint.


Just about the only effect I can think of making the paper available as a preprint is whether or not reviewers agree to review it. That's because some journals will not show the manuscript to reviewers before they agree to review; they only show the abstract (this is to safeguard the confidentiality of the peer review process). In turn this means if the reviewer might search for a preprint before agreeing to review the paper. Which should have no impact on whether the paper is ultimately accepted.

So: no.

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