ne of the most fundamental aspects of collaborative research is sharing your work with others through pre-print or conference presentations. This isn’t likely to be news to anybody doing collaborative research these days, and many journals have become increasingly permissive with their pre-print policy. For example, Nature
released an editorial making it clear, “Nature
never wishes to stand in the way of communication between researchers.[…] Communication between researchers includes not only conferences but also preprint servers. The ArXiv preprint server is the medium of choice for (mainly) physicists and astronomers who wish to share drafts of their papers with their colleagues, and with anyone else with sufficient time and knowledge to navigate it. […] If scientists wish to display drafts of their research papers on an established preprint server before or during submission to Nature
or any Nature
journal, that’s fine by us.” Other prestigious journals have similar policies—for example, The Lancet
, and BMJ
. (The list goes on
One such journal
does did not. New England Journal of Medicine (Figure 1).
UPDATE: Since this post, NEJM has changed their position and pre-prints are allowed.