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Preprint: already the bride or still the bridesmaid?
  1. Abhishek Vaish1,
  2. Dhananjaya Sharma2,
  3. Raju Vaishya3
  1. 1Trauma & Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India
  2. 2Department of Surgery, NSCB Government Medical College Jabalpur (MP), Jabalpur, India
  3. 3Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abhishek Vaish, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India; drabhishekvaish{at}gmail.com

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Preprint, as the term is self-explanatory, is the final draft of a research paper that is digitally shared openly before being certified by peer-review. The long and tedious process of publishing a scientific paper coupled with researchers’ desire to stake their claim as publishing first in the field to protect their intellectual property rights has led to the increasing popularity of preprints. A preprint allows them to quickly and publicly share their research online; get a digital object identifier (DOI) number; retain the copyright and get online feedback from peers to improve the manuscript before submitting it for peer-review. Its most significant advantage lies in the immediate digital dissemination of important scientific information, as seen in the exponential increase in and impact of preprint publications during the current COVID-19 pandemic.1 2 Idea of preprints appealed to many publishing houses, and ~86% of clinical journals with high-impact factors are now preprint friendly, but their guidelines vary (table 1).3

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Publisher’s guidelines for preprint acceptance

The recent spotlight on preprints has been because of their ascending prominence during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Biggest success story of preprints …

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  • Contributors AV: Manuscipt writing, research. DS: Manuscript writing, editing the manuscript. RV: Conceptualisation, editing the manuscript

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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