Recognizing & Promoting Early “Preprints in Progress”


  1. Accelerate science by greatly expanding the use of preprints beyond articles ready for journal submission
  2. Build on the momentum and visibility of preprints to allow researchers to gain recognition and credit for early sharing


Jessica Polka
Iratxe Puebla


The Preprints in Progress project aims to draw attention to a wide variety of non-traditional uses for preprints, such as early-stage results, negative or inconclusive findings, or replications of published work. We seek to encourage the use of preprints to report research outputs beyond the scope and format of a traditional article and appear well in advance of any associated eventual journal publication.

We will encourage the constructive production and use of such preprints, starting with the categories outlined above. Project activities will involve:

  • Monitoring and reporting on their prevalence, and the type of outputs reported
  • Documenting and sharing researchers’ experiences
  • Promoting best practices
  • Encouraging further recognition of Preprints in Progress
  • Identifying and addressing any outstanding challenges

What’s Needed

  • Researchers who have or are willing to post preprints in these categories
  • Institutions (journals, funders, universities) wishing to support early sharing through policy or partnerships (offering “scoop protection,” encouraging researchers to share early preprints as evidence of productivity, etc)
  • Preprint servers or services interested in increasing the visibility of these outputs
  • Reporting tools to identify, collate and display these preprints



Danil Mikhailov, Dario Alessi, Wyatt Korff, David Carr, Sarah Greene, Damian Pattinson, Maryrose Franko, Kristen Ratan