Preprint ecosystems

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Science  29 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6358, pp. 1331
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0167

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    • Shino Iwami, Project Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

    Jeremy Berg prompts a rethink about the role of the preprint in the Editorial “Preprint ecosystems” (1). Preprints have merits in reducing acceptance and review time and reducing expenses, but a problem that preprints have not been checked are pointed out (1, 2).
    In one of non-English Asian countries, there are research article types of proceedings in domestic societies and university bulletins. They have the intermediate effect of time reduction and cost mitigation comparing with preprints or journal full papers, but their contents are not peer-reviewed. However, they are implicitly getting a high reputation for hunting an academic job in the country. Although they do not have significances as the priority of announcement by preprint or the guarantee of contents by peer-review, it can be said that loyalty to the community is evaluated. In addition, these non-peer-reviewed articles are sometimes more evaluated than English peer-reviewed articles because recruiters can read the contents with non-English mother tongue.
    It takes time and money for domestic proceedings or university bulletins to conduct research in the same way for preprints and peer-reviewed papers. To concentrate research resources, researchers must choose either to aim for a global researcher with English peer-reviewed papers, or to become a local contributor with non-English peer-reviewed papers, domestic proceedings or university bulletins.
    In reconsidering the position of the preprint,...

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