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Wednesday, November 6 • 6:20pm - 7:00pm
S2-16 Who posts what where?: STEM Preprint Servers

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A preprint is a version of a manuscript shared publicly before undergoing peer review, allowing other scientists to see and discuss findings immediately. The number of preprints submitted to preprint servers in STEM fields, such as arXiv and bioRxiv, has been steadily rising. Newer preprint servers have recently emerged in Chemistry (ChemRxiv) and Medicine (medRxiv). Journal publishers are increasing their acceptance of and support of preprints, such as by allowing direct submissions of manuscripts to journals from preprint servers, in some cases. Coinciding with this trend, researchers at Clemson University are increasingly submitting to preprint servers. This poster will present an analysis of Clemson University’s submissions to the preprint servers arXiv and bioRxiv. This will include data on the authors’ disciplines, which preprint servers they’ve chosen to submit to and how often, and what percentage of Clemson’s preprint submissions to arXiv and bioRxiv have led to peer reviewed, scholarly journal publications. This analysis will impact bibliographic instruction in STEM fields. As more researchers support the use of preprints, and as more quality data appears early in preprints, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students conducting research must be knowledgeable of preprints and know which preprint servers to search to stay up to date in their fields. Librarians should consider discussing the challenges and benefits of preprints, and demonstrating the use of preprint servers, to these students in STEM library instruction workshops.

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Jennifer Groff

Engineering Librarian, Clemson University
Reference, instruction, outreach, and collection development in STEM.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 6:20pm - 7:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel