Q2. What is the value of publishing preprints?
As journal publication is often slow and the peer-review process unpredictable, preprints provide a mechanism for rapidly communicating research with the scientific community. This is good for science overall, since disseminating new knowledge or techniques leads to new discoveries. However, there are tangible benefits to the scientist who uses preprints, a subset of which is listed below:
- Career advancement
- Establishing a record of priority and attribution of credit
- Improvement through feedback
- Rapid dissemination of research