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Pre-print Posting and Open Access Publishing

In this webinar we will talk about what pre-prints are, where you can find them, and what value they can bring. Are pre-print servers used more widely in certain subjects, and why? And what impact does posting pre-prints have on an article's later publication, if any? And do we know if articles are more or less likely to be published open access if a pre-print was posted? Join us for an hour of short presentations and a lively discussion with panelists from across the research eco-system.

October 27, 2022 (Past Event)

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In this webinar, we invited two guest speakers to talk about what pre-prints are, where you can find them, and what value they can bring. 

Our webinar started with an introduction by our Head of Publisher Relations, Romy Beard, followed by Ben Mudrak, Senior Product Manager at ChemRxiv, who talked about their goals for pre-prints and the opportunities which they provide researchers, such as documenting research results in advance of formal publication and staying on top of the latest research in their fields. Ben also shared the results of ChemRxiv’s community survey, before talking about the different types of pre-print screenings they offer, stressing that these screenings are not the same as peer-reviews.  

Next up was Philip Cohen, Director at SocArXiv, who talked about the services they offer such as archiving, metadata, a variety of licenses, a variety of formats, versioning, DOIs, and links to research materials. SocArxiv is owned by University of Maryland Libraries, and is non-profit, open access, open source, free to read – and free to post. 

Philip then introduced us to some of the reasons for why authors are sharing papers openly, such as the time saved, better access, and connection with other scholars and showed us what a paper published on SocArXiv looks like. After sharing the reasons for why authors are choosing this route, Philip dived into why some authors may be concerned about posting a pre-print. For example, because authors may fear not being able to publish it later, which he stated rarely happens, as most journals do publish papers that have been shared before.  

Romy Beard started the discussion and talked about direct submissions from PsyArXiv to APA Journals via our ChronosHub integration, which is a service that ChemArXiv offers as well, which led to an interesting debate about direct submission systems and whether journals should pay to be included in them or not. We then went on to briefly discuss pre-print posting in regards to the recent OSTP Public Access Congressional Report, and then talked about whether some topics are more widely used in pre-prints than others.  

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Head of Publisher Relations at ChronosHub
Romy Beard

Romy is specialized in the academic online publishing industry, with a focus on publisher relations. And she’s one of our key experts in Open Access publishing terms. 

Romy Beard


Senior Product Manager at ChemRxiv
Ben Mudrak

Senior Product Manager at ChemRxiv, the premier preprint server for chemistry.
Ben Mudrak

Professor of Sociology & Director at University of Maryland & SocArxiv
Philip Cohen

Philip Cohen

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