A practical guide to preprints

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Practical Guide on Preprints Published

Updated on 08 Nov 2021 | Published on 29 Oct 2021

Today, we published a practical guide on preprints for scholars, journalists, professionals, and the general public. This guide is the result of the excellent collaboration between the Dutch consortium of university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands (UKB), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).


Preprints are [academic] manuscripts that have not been peer-reviewed or published in a traditional publishing venue.

In Open Science and academic publishing, the preprint increasingly appears on the radar as an essential element in scholarly communication. By posting preprints, academics can rapidly share their findings and build upon each other’s work.

But, to what extent do they differ from articles published in an academic journal? How to post a preprint yourself, and by which preprint archive? How to interpret the research results published through preprints?

About the guide

The guide aims to support both researchers and members of the general public (journalists, patients, healthcare workers, etc.) from, but not limited to, the Netherlands answering these and other questions through sharply defined chapters and frequently asked questions.

practical guide to preprints

You can download the guide from Maastricht University Research Publications and Zenodo

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5600535

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