How can I engage with preprints?
Preprints not only serve to disseminate research more quickly, they can also help improve the quality of the published literature before it's printed and (almost) unalterable. Imagine if you could exchange your thoughts with the authors and incorporate changes instead of being stuck with a final version!
- The PreReview project aims to make preprints and reviews thereof commonplace. They outline their motivation in detail, and provide a step-by-step guide for preprint reviews on the Authorea platform. They also suggest a prereview journal club, and provide a starter kit for interested researchers.
- There are several platforms that collect commentary on papers and preprints alike, such as PubPeer, which works across journals and preprints, and hypothes.is, which is offered specifically by some publishers. Some publishers also allow annotations on papers directly, for example eLife sciences.