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    What do Preprints Mean to JBMR® and JBMR® Plus Authors?

    Date: November 01, 2017

    Although so much scholarly publication is now online only, “preprint server” is still the industry term for a repository into which an author can post a completed manuscript before (or at the same time as) submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Widely used in physics and physical sciences, preprint servers are becoming more popular for use in areas of biology and medicine now too.

    JBMR® and JBMR® Plus will consider for review manuscripts previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, engrXiv, etc. However, the manuscript cannot be under consideration by another journal at any time that it is under consideration by JBMR® or JBMR® Plus. When the article is published, authors should also update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final version of record.

     How does it work? For example, when a paper is posted to the preprint server bioRxiv, the readers understand that the manuscript has not undergone peer review or copyediting. However, this is a way for authors to post research results and make them freely available before the rigorous (and sometimes lengthy) process of peer review and final publication. This is also a way, now, for younger authors to produce an “interim research product” for use in grant applications, before their publication history may be robust. 

     Look for an upcoming editorial on preprint use in JBMR® this winter with more information. We would also like to hear from you about your experiences using preprint servers or accessing research from preprints. Please click here to submit your comments or questions.

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