The Need for Speed: How quickly do preprints become published articles?

In the second Perspectives paper, The Need for Speed: How quickly do preprints become published articles?, we identify benefits for authors posting biology preprints and investigate how quickly preprints become published articles.

Highlights:

  • bioRxiv’s option for authors to submit biology preprints directly to journals typically speeds up publication of articles by nearly 2 weeks — an advantage for authors who are keen to get their work published quickly
  • Authors approach ‘preprinting’ in different ways: while most post a preprint before submitting to a journal, just over a third of preprints were submitted to and accepted by a journal before the preprint appeared on bioRxiv
  • Biology preprints with just one version are published 2 weeks more quickly than those with multiple versions

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The Need for Speed: How quickly do preprints become published articles?