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Preprints: Why They Are Important

This guide will review what a preprint is, how to publish a preprint, and why preprints are important for your research goals

About this guide

Open access publishing is a rapidly growing part of all research communities.

Publishing preprints through open access platforms allows the public to gain access to research information faster than it would through traditional publishing. In this guide you will learn:

  • What is a preprint?
  • Why are preprints important?
  • What about Peer-review?
  • Preprint server vs Institutional Repository
  • Copyright considerations
  • Research Impact

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