Questions tagged [preprint]

Questions regarding making manuscripts available prior to their publication in a peer-reviewed source.

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Why upload to academic preprint sites like arXiv?

The recent question about the legality of uploading to arXiv made me realize that I don't have any understanding of why one would upload to a preprint site. (I don't work in a field where they seem ...
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Preprint services other than arXiv (for other fields)

While arXiv is great, it covers only topics in physics, mathematics and computer science. Are there any good preprint storage places for other scientific disciplines?
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How should I interpret a promising preprint that was never published in a peer-reviewed journal?

There have been a couple of occasions in my research in which I've come across a preprint that is several years old and is very relevant to the work that I'm doing. Often these preprints have very ...
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What procedures should I follow if my preprint is stolen and published in a journal?

I am surprised by the fact that a journal published an article that I have had in arXiv for a few months. The date of publication is after the date that I posted on arXiv. The submission date in the ...
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What are the differences between viXra.org and arXiv.org?

What are the differences between viXra.org and arXiv.org?
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Why might a paper published in a good journal no longer be available anywhere?

I came across a paper with an interesting title/abstract which was published in a rank-A journal. However, the article is missing from all online listings (Project Euclid, ScienceDirect, etc.) and is ...
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Is the arXiv a good way to get feedback on one's work?

I have developed a method to process images I use for my research. It's nothing revolutionary but I think it might be useful to others than me, and why not, be worthy of being published somewhere (at ...
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Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals?

Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals? I am suspicious that it may violate the double blind review requirements and I couldn't find ...
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Should I worry that a graduate student somewhere gave a talk using my abstract?

I was looking for mentions of my work on the internet and I came across a seminar series in which a graduate student had given a talk using an abstract of mine. It is unpublished work which I posted ...
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Are there any examples for an ArXiv publication nurturing or preventing plagiarism?

First of all, this is about plagiarism in the sense of stealing ideas. Copy-and-paste plagiarism is included but not likely to happen in the cases relevant for this question. Considering the ...
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Are 'please cite my paper' emails socially accepted?

I am a PhD student in physics. A few months ago, I submitted a paper (which has meanwhile been accepted, but not yet published). The preprint is on arXiv. Now, I saw that a few days ago, another ...
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Should I ask my co-author before I upload an article (that he already told me is okay to publish) to arXiv?

At our institute it is not common to upload a pre-print of your submission to arXiv. I got told by a friend that it is basically a no-brainer and there are virtually no downsides in doing so. I ...
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Uploading a preprint with wrong proofs

Summary: A senior faculty member insisted on uploading a draft of our math paper with incomplete proofs and intermediate results that turned out to be wrong to the arXiv. This was completely ...
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Do all preprint servers have the non-updating issue in google scholar

It has been identified on stackexchange that Google Scholar has a bug where ArXiv publications are not updated to match the final journal publication information in google scholar (for several months)...
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Will uploading a copy of my paper to Academia.edu harm the journal it’s published in?

A paper that I have just had published in a journal is already starting to generate interest. I am allowed to upload a copy to Academia.edu as long as it is not the copy-edited version (peer review ...
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How to cite earlier work, discovered only at the end, that claims similar results to a recently completed project?

At the end of writing up our manuscript, we discover that there has been another earlier study in a very different context (but using a physical model very similar to ours) that claims a similar ...
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Immature papers on arXiv

I am from computer science and we typically submit to conferences and less often to journals. Publishing pre-prints to arXiv becomes more and more popular in my field. From the discussion here on AS I ...
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How to modify a final draft to reflect that a conjecture in its preprint was refuted?

I am currently in the process of trying to publish a mathematics paper. A draft of this paper had been posted on arxiv, which contained an interesting conjecture. In the intervening time, this ...
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What are pre-print repositories for math and physics alternative to ArXiv?

Are there other widely used academic pre-print repositories other than ArXiv? My interest is especially towards mathematics and physics. If possible, one characteristic that I'd like to find in other ...
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How to react to flawed preprints?

Suppose you were to find what you think are serious flaws in a preprint (arXiv or something similar). What should you do? Now, after the obvious first step of contacting the authors and letting them ...
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Arxiv equivalent for medical research article

I'm looking for a suggestion, for a medical journal counter part to the arxiv. A minimal frill, open access online repository to time stamp articles with some visibility.
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Manuscript was “unsubmitted” because the manuscript was deposited in Arxiv Preprints

One of my manuscripts was "unsubmitted" and potentially rejected by the journal for the reason that it was submitted to a preprint server. Is it normal for the journal to reject a paper that was ...
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What are the pros and cons of submitting same paper to more than one open repository?

What if I submit a same preprint to several open access repositories, e.g. arxiv, vixra, philica etc.? I guess doing so would give to a paper more visibility. But would it be a bad practice? Would it ...
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What are the reasons for journals to have a policy against publishing material available as a preprint?

As it can be appreciated from this list of journals with varying preprint policies, certain journals consider a preprint to be "prior publication". In other fields like Chemistry, there is a strong ...
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Why bioRxiv instead of arXiv.bio?

In view of the need of a preprint repository for biology science, why was it necessary to start bioRxiv, instead of a biology section in arXiv? Is there any fundamental difference between the two? ...
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Arxiv rejection of preprints

Following ArXiv rules I contacted with an well-known expert in thermodynamics (he is author of a known monograph) we discussed my work during several days and finally he endorsed me. When my work was ...
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What is the best repository for Engineering research work in pre-print format?

I'm a civil engineer myself and found no options for depositing engineering related pre-print papers in any online repositories. Is there any easy solution to this? For example, academia.edu lets one ...
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Citing contemporaneous (interlaced?) preprints

In my area of research distributing preprints of results is very common. Consider the following seqence of events: Group A finishes paper P, distributes it as a preprint and submits to a journal ...
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Change title to arXiv paper

I have a preprint in arXiv, which I submitted at the same time I submitted to a journal. This was a couple of months ago. It was rejected by the journal, and after talking to some experts and getting ...
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arXiv preprint and final paper differing by sections and appendices

Because of the style of a journal, and the space limit, I was asked to remove a section and all appendices. While I have no problem with that, I want to preserve it in the arXiv preprint. So: Is ...
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Can someone else publish a paper based on independently achieving a result that is in a preprint of mine?

I have a paper that is currently in review but that has been available via bioRxiv for a while. While my paper was in review, a paper was published elsewhere which essentially scoops my paper. I am ...
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Updating a preprint when it is under review

I know that preprints deposited into a preprint server should be in a polished state. However, what should happen once it starts the review process? Should those copy-edits be updated on the preprint? ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Preprints.org compared with arXiv?

Preprints.org is a new site for sharing preprints of papers. arXiv is one of the longest standing, stable and mature places for many people. I'm wondering where to upload a paper (which is already ...
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Does a preprint include revisions made in response to peer review?

This is related to but not answered in this question about the difference between various stages of a manuscript in the publication process. After an author has submitted a manuscript to a journal ...
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Is it advisable to upload your PhD thesis on Biorxiv?

The university theses repository is not indexed in the main scientific literature search engines. This issue makes finding a thesis difficult, and it's a problem especially because after PhD many are ...
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Is it necessary to include and update the status of a paper on arXiv once it has been accepted for publication in a journal?

Let's suppose you write a paper and you post it on arXiv. If a paper is sent to a journal for peer-review, should you always include this information in the paper comments (including the name of the ...
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Have technical reports been subsumed by preprints?

As someone who has recently gotten into the research world, I read a lot of preprints and occasionally dig up some technical reports to access older publications. To me, it seems like technical ...
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When is it appropriate to add references to own papers on Wikipedia?

The Wikipedia rules about citing yourself state: Using material you have written or published is allowed within reason, but only if it is relevant, conforms to the content policies, ... and is not ...
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What to do if a co-author is delaying announcement of results?

I am finishing writing a joint paper with a collaborator and we are both extremely excited about the results. However, we cannot agree on when to announce the results. In my opinion the paper is ...
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Is there an archive like arxiv.org for agricultural papers?

Is there any internet archive like arxiv.org intended for publication of agriculture-related conference papers or similar?
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What happens to preprints after the information contained in them gets published in a peer-reviewed journal?

My question is whether preprints continue to exist after the information contained in them gets published in a journal. It would be confusing to have two sources for the same information (the preprint ...
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How should use of a preprint server be incorporated into the publishing workflow?

I am a biologist and very recently there has been a movement to increase the use of preprints in publishing biological research. This has generated a lot of discussion about preprints and their ...
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Is it fine to post my paper's preprint both on my blog and on arXiv?

There is no particular reason that I want my preprint paper both on my blog and on arXiv, but I just thought it would look nice on my blog. If I were to do this, will arXiv mark my paper as ...
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What is a post-print of an article or research paper, and what is it used for?

Today I ran across the wording "post-print version" of an article (on ResearchGate). I'm aware of terms pre-print, in preparation, under review, published, etc., but I have never seen the term "post-...
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Preprint services for environmental and earth sciences? [closed]

Is there a good, reputable preprint service that is used in the environmental and earth sciences, and considered acceptable by the major publishers? Many journals specifically state that it is okay to ...
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Is there any risk of having my research scooped after posting my manuscript onto bioRxiv?

I want to post my manuscript to bioRxiv before submitting onto formal journals, but I still have several concerns: Can I claim I am the first for the discovery by posting my findings on bioRxiv ? ...
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Does arXiv do peer review and can a high school student submit to arXiv?

Is it necessary to publish in a journal after writing paper in arXiv? Is arXiv peer reviewed journal? If yes, then will the editor consider and send to other experts in that field? Can a high school ...
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Can I post a pre-print of my paper on ArXiv knowing the paper will go through major changes? Alternatives?

I wrote a paper with a new approach and I implemented this approach in both R and SAS. I want to put the software online on Github and ideally on CRAN too. The paper has been reviewed by my ...
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Plagiarism from preprint of paper (from the Arxiv)

Recently we have written a research paper and posted a preprint on the Arxiv to obtain some non-official peer review and to increase the quality of our paper. Till now we have not submitted this paper ...
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Why do publishers allow distributing preprints?

I recently wanted to read one conference paper and one journal article. The conference paper is named Division by invariant integers using multiplication. By clicking on the "All 9 versions" link on ...