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Description: Preprints is a platform dedicated to making early versions of research outputs permanently available and citable.
Accepted Content Types: Journal Article, Reviews, Data articles, Case Reports, Preprints
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Contact: [email protected]
Disciplinary Scope: All scientific fields
Keywords: Multidisciplinary, Citable preprints
Launch Date: 5/1/20
Platform: Custom software
Platform Languages: English
Record Count: Full text : 21 880
Repository Type: Multidisciplinary
Service Pricing: None
Status: Open
Terms of Use: Yes
Last Update: 5/10/21
Accessibility of Conflict of Interest Procedures:
Business Model: Non Profit
Funding: Internal funding : Supported by associated journal publishing
Objectives: Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines.
Countries: <a href="">Switzerland</a>
Owner Full Name: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Owner Short Name: MDPI
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Ownership Type: Publishing organisation (publisher)
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Access to Content: Anyone may access full items free of charge
Access to Metadata: Anyone may access the metadata free of charge
Account Creation: Free, Only needed for submission
Backups: Yes : Preprints permanently archived in Portico
Functional Description: Yes : Instructions for authors
Interoperability: No
Metadata Formats: No
Metadata Languages: English
Metadata Properties: Title, Identifier, Publication/deposition date, Author name(s), Abstract, Relational link to final journal publication, License type(s)
Method for Reuse of Metadata: Openly available via Crossref
Open Source: No
Permission for Re-use of Metadata: None
Persistence of Content: Yes : Preprints permanently archived in Portico
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Function Service Details
Bibliographic References Management Local function Yes : BibSonomy, Mendeley
Commenting/Annotation Local function Commenting (including annotation plug-ins)
Endorsement Local function Yes : Approval system in the platform with 'likes'
Indexing/Search Local function Yes : Google Scholar, Europe PMC, Scilit, SHARE, PrePubMed
Indexing/Search Google Scholar
Indexing/Search Europe PMC
Indexing/Search Scilit
Indexing/Search SHARE
Indexing/Search Prepubmed
Metrics Local function Views, Downloads, Altmetrics, Number of comments are visible to everyone
Metrics Altmetric
Peer Review Local function Yes : PreReview
Peer Review PREreview
Revision and Follow-up Local function Yes : via Publons
Revision and Follow-up Publons
Writing/Formatting Local function No, but allows use of LaTex editor
Academic Applicant Only?: Yes
Accepted Content Formats: Word doc, LaTeX
Accepted Content Languages: English
Accepted Content Level: Research only
Accepted Supplementary Content: The graphic should be provided as a JPG, PNG or GIF file. Authors can upload supplementary materials in any format along with their preprint (up to 50 MB per file).
Associated Editor: No
Associated Journal: No
Availability of Associated Content: Research data are motivated to be available with the prepint. Encourage using Re3Data to find the best data repository.
Journal Submission: Unrestricted
Licensing: Authors must use CC BY license. Preprints that pass the screening process are posted online in open access format under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Content: Email administrator
Mechanisms to Report Concerns About Plagiarism: Email administrator
Moderation: Beforehand : Content within scope, All authors notified, Data is available (if applicable), Code is available (if applicable), Text overlap detection, Legal compliance, Ethical compliance. Staff and Volunteer are in charge of the screening process
Peer Review Status Indication: Yes
Persistent Identifier: DOI
Remaining Indrawn Item: Basic information remains on a tombstone page if DOI has been issued, otherwise no web presence retained
Text Embargo: No, only if the publisher imposes an embargo period
Time from Submission to Posting: Up to 24h
Versioning Policy: Accepts news version : Each version receives its own DOI and own non-DOI citable identifier
Who can Deposit?: Anyone can post on the platform. Only an account is required ( The creation of the account is free).
Withdrawal Authorisation: Platform
Withdrawal Policy: Yes. Contravention of copyright, plagiarism, false or inaccurate content, ethical and legal issues, misconduct