Preprints and Precedings

Research Cooperative
07/04/10 09:33:33AM
@chief-admin
In some fields, researchers have started posting unpublished material online as preprints or precedings that they do not regard as formal publication, but which can be used to claim priority if they have produced something novel. Nature Precedings is an example of this, and the site offers some advice on whether or not this kind informal publication (without peer review) goes against journal policies that require articles to be original, and new.

What other publishers support the release of preprints and precedings?
Research Cooperative
07/04/10 12:49:53PM @chief-admin:
My own preference is to distribute manuscripts privately or to present initial results in seminars, to get feedback while I am still thinking about a particular subject. This is something that could be done between members of the Research Cooperative, after they have established some mutual trust through correspondence with each other.
Elizabeth Gormley
07/04/10 10:28:58AM @elizabeth-gormley:
As a student, I value reading these preprints because seeing the reactions of others reading these papers gives a little more total perspective on the real facts driving the research. As a science blogger/ writer it can get a bit dangerous because the journalism aspect of the writing up of these preprints is so non objective. Also it is often unclear as to the correct intended use of these articles.The science jounalists sometimes do not know it seems that certain articles are grey literature and somebody can really punch holes in what they write about if they do not choose gold standard, evidence based articles to base their points on in their popular articles to be taken as fact.