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Researcher's guide to responsible and open science


Preprint refers to the first submitted manuscript version of an article that has not yet been peer reviewed. Preprint enables the quick publication of research results and comments from the scientific community to improve the quality of the manuscript. Preprint publishing is important in fields of science where the publishing processes of scientific journals takes a long time. A preprint can increase the visibility and impact of publications and research and reach readers who do not have access to subscription-based scientific journals.

Publishers often take a positive stand to publishing preprints in a preprint repository and may even recommend using a specific preprint repository. However, check the publisher's policy for sharing preprints before uploading it to a preprint repository. The publisher can for example require that the article version and its metadata are updated in the preprint repository as the publishing process progresses.

Preprint repositories were initially established mainly for natural and medical disciplines, nowadays they are available in almost all disciplines. Examples of preprint repositories:

If you have uploaded the preprint version to the preprint repository, please remember to self-archive the accepted manuscript version in TUNICRIS. According to the Ministry of Education and Culture policy, a peer-reviewed manuscript (=accepted manuscript ) can be reported as an open access publication in the annual publication data collection.


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