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Preprints: Where to Post a Preprint

Preprint Repositories

Guidance for Selecting a Preprint Repository

NIH offers guidance on selecting a repository for interim research products including preprints. 

The NIH strongly encourages interim research products arising from NIH funds to be deposited in repositories that ensure: 

  • Content is findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR).
  • Interim product metadata, including usage statistics, are open, and easy to access by machines and people (e.g. via application program interfaces).
  • Content is easy to use by machines and people. This access is both a function of permission (e.g. use of Creative Commons licenses) and technology (e.g. application program interfaces).
  • Policies about plagiarism, competing interests, misconduct and other hallmarks of reputable scholarly publishing are rigorous and transparent.
  • Records of changes to the product are maintained, and users have clear ways to cite different versions of the product.
  • Links to the published version, if available.
  • A robust archiving strategy that ensures long-term preservation and access. 

Source: Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Guidance

Per International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): Authors who choose to post their work on a preprint server should choose one that clearly identifies preprints as not peer-reviewed work and includes disclosures of authors’ relationships and activities. 

Source: Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, December 2021.