2019 Webinar 1: Preprint Servers and Implications for Author

Held: January 29, 2019, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time

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Preprints are not new, but it is new to many fields. And now it seems to have reached a critical mass and become a real hot topic. So this webinar will focus on the growing and changing landscape of preprints:

What kind of preprint servers are out there?
What are the author’s options when considering submission to a preprint server?

As preprints become more and more common, new workflows emerge. Crossref now assigns DOIs to preprints and thereby make them citable. There are also different approaches among journals. Some welcome preprints, but others are more cautious and may consider it a duplicate publication.


  • What kind of preprint servers are out there?
  • What are author’s options when considering submission to a preprint server?
  • Can preprints be cited in an article?
  • How do preprints interface with peer-reviewed publications?


Samantha Hindle, PhD, Content Lead, bioRxiv
Samantha began her career as a research scientist at the University of York, U.K., where she attained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She continued her research career at the University of California, San Francisco, where she became immersed in advocacy for open science practices through working with the ASAPbio, Mozilla Science Lab and OpenCon communities. Following her passion for open science, Samantha became the Content Lead for bioRxiv, a not-for-profit preprint server for the life sciences. From here, Samantha hopes to maximize the impact of her advocacy efforts for the betterment of scientific publishing and academic research reward systems.

Jennifer Lin, PhD, Director of Product Management, Crossref
Jennifer Lin is Director of Product Management at Crossref. Crossref is a scholarly infrastructure provider, developing metadata-services that make scholarly content easy to find, cite, link, and assess. She previously worked for PLOS where she oversaw product strategy and development for “research data”-sharing, article-level metrics, and open assessment initiatives. Jennifer received her PhD at Johns Hopkins University.

Deborah Sweet, PhD, Editorial Director, American Physical Society
Dr. Deborah J. Sweet is the Vice President of Editorial at Cell Press.  In this position she is responsible for the entire Cell Press editorial department and has a significant focus on strategic business development.  Before beginning her editorial career, she conducted research in molecular cell biology in the UK and the US.  She has worked as a full time journal editor for over 20 years and has held various positions on different journals during that time.  In particular, she was the launch-editor of Cell Stem Cell in 2007, and held the Editor in Chief role for 10 years.