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Earth Science is Ready for Preprints

Narock, Tom and Goldstein, Evan B. and Jackson, Christopher A.-L. and Bubeck, Alodie A. and Enright, Allison M. L. and Farquharson, Jamie I. and Fernández, Alfonso and Fernández-Blanco, David and Girardclos, Stéphanie and Ibarra, Daniel E. and Lengger, Sabine K. and Mackay, Anson and Venema, Victor and Whitehead, Brandon and Ampuero, Jean-Paul (2019) Earth Science is Ready for Preprints. Eos . ISSN 0096-3941.

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For years, publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal has served as the official announcement that a piece of research has entered the accepted body of scientific knowledge. However, chances are good that the data, method innovations, and preliminary conclusions contained in a scientific paper have been circulating among the researchers’ colleagues for a year or more before the paper is officially published. By the time a journal issue goes to the printing press, the research may have made significant progress beyond what the published papers document. Preprints—published, non-peer-reviewed scholarly papers that often precede publication in a peer-reviewed journal—have been a part of science since at least the 1960s [Cobb, 2017]. ArXiv, arguably the most prominent preprint system, has served the physics, mathematics, and computer science communities for more than 25 years.

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Goldstein, Evan B.0000-0001-9358-1016
Jackson, Christopher A.-L.0000-0002-8592-9032
Bubeck, Alodie A.0000-0002-6506-6831
Enright, Allison M. L.0000-0001-6325-4233
Farquharson, Jamie I.0000-0003-4933-2607
Fernández, Alfonso0000-0001-6825-0426
Fernández-Blanco, David0000-0002-5326-9164
Girardclos, Stéphanie0000-0001-5885-3733
Ibarra, Daniel E.0000-0002-9980-4599
Lengger, Sabine K.0000-0003-4047-8773
Ampuero, Jean-Paul0000-0002-4827-7987
Alternate Title:Earth Science is Ready for Preprints: The First Year of EarthArXiv
Additional Information:© 2019 The authors. CC BY 3.0. 30 April 2019: This article was corrected to reflect the number of DOIs cross-checked by the authors and the percentage appearing in open-access journals. We thank the EarthArXiv community, particularly Earth Science Information Partners, for help in organizing and founding EarthArXiv and the Center for Open Science for hosting EarthArXiv. We also thank our international group of community ambassadors who advocate for open science and have provided valuable feedback on this article.
Group:Seismological Laboratory
Subject Keywords:Preprint; Postprint; EarthArXiv; Scholarly Communication; Scholarly Publishing; Peer Review
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20190204-140536935
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Official Citation:Narock, T., et al. (2019), Earth science is ready for preprints, Eos, 100, Published on 23 April 2019.
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:92634
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:04 Feb 2019 22:14
Last Modified:18 Dec 2019 22:21

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