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FAQ 1: Why publish a paper if the work is already published as a preprint?
In the present reward system, journal publications influence funding and promotion decisions; the vast majority of research-paper preprints in physics are therefore also submitted to journals. Journals provide additional services including:
Editorial control and standards
Branding and marketing
FAQ 2: Will someone steal my work in my preprint?
Based on experiences at very established (e.g., ArXiv) and newer, but rapidly growing preprint services (e.g. BiorXiv, SocArXiv), there is no clear evidence that preprints lead to being scooped.
If someone is prepared to steal ideas from a timestamped/’DOI’d’ preprint, they would likely do the same from material in a journal or from a conference presentation.
The reputational damage associated with intellectual theft and plagiarism is significant and long-lasting; thus the latter is very rare.
FAQ 3: Will preprints lead to large volumes of low-quality material on paleorXiv?
Anecdotal evidence suggests this behaviour has not emerged in the communities that use the arXiv.
Because preprinting requires public disclosure, authors are wary of developing a bad reputation. If the work is poor, it will likely be ignored by the rest of the community. The same applies to material published in any journal.
RSS feeds allow sorting of material in paleorXiv; cf. Google Scholar.
Initial evidence and download statistics suggests paleorXiv is hosting high-quality, desirable material.
FAQ 4: Can paleorXiv host only preprints?
No. paleorXiv is also a repository for postprints (i.e. material already published in a journal).
Depending on journal policy, we can host the Author Accepted Manuscript (i.e. accepted version of paper, but before publisher typesetting) (AAMs) or the Version of Record (VoR) (i.e. published version of paper, after publisher typesetting).
Working papers: Any draft of a paper that is ready to share with interested parties, but has not yet been peer reviewed. If you are sharing your work with a group of colleagues, a conference, or a journal, this may be the perfect time to widen the circle and post it on paleoXiv.
Preprints: Most people use this term to refer to completed papers that have not yet been peer reviewed (like working papers), and typically at some stage within the submission/publication process at a journal. However you define preprints, paleorXiv will host them.
Postprints: After a paper has been published by a journal (or accepted for publication), this is a version that you elect to share on our open platform. It may be a version that does not include the journal’s formatting or other changes, but has undergone peer review. This is the version you share when you’ve published something but it’s behind a paywall and you want anyone to be able to read it.