Preprints: "Bring Out Your Dead"

Hosting hundreds of doomed papers per month, what are preprint servers really doing?

A recent analysis suggests that ~25-35% of preprints are abandoned in some way — either never taken forward to a peer-reviewed journal or rejected by every journal they’re submitted to. At the very least, there’s no apparent no record of advancement into the literature for about 1 in 3.

One can’t help but think it would be nice to have these dead preprin…

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