The advantages of preprints, the excitement and concerns about the role that preprints can play in disseminating research findings in the life sciences are discussed by N Bhalla (2016).
Reference: Bhalla 2016 Mol Biol Cell
Some thoughts on advantages
Communicated by Iglesias-Gonzalez J 2019-02-19
- The major benefits of a preprint are that you obtain a quick credit about the work done and a citable source for your research. NIH accepts citations of preprints on grant applications: NIH enables investigators include draft preprints grant proposals. Another advantage is the immediate feedback that you can receive from the scientific community. An article submitted for peer review will be evaluated by two or three experts, but a preprint can be read and discussed by anyone in the world with access to the internet. This feedback promotes the debate about the data and the ideas published in the preprint. Importantly, a preprint gains visibility without waiting for the usually long time it takes to publish in a journal. This allows you to promote your research easily and also obtain citations from the first moment that the preprint is available on the web.