Benefits and concerns regarding preprints
This survey is being conducted by ASAPbio (a researcher-led non-profit working to promote the productive use of preprints, see asapbio.org) and attendees of #bioPreprints2020 (asapbio.org/building-trust-in-preprints-together) to understand perceptions of benefits and concerns of preprinting across a broad group of stakeholders. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete. No personally identifiable information will be collected unless you opt-in to discuss your opinions about preprints further. Responses (excluding any email addresses collected as a result of opting-in) will be shared publicly, aggregated across geographic, disciplinary, or professional categories.
1. What is your primary role in research communications? *
2. For the purpose of this survey, we define preprints as manuscripts publicly shared online prior to journal acceptance. Have you ever... (please check all that apply)
3. How beneficial (or not) are the following attributes of preprints in the role you selected at the start of the survey?
Very beneficial
Somewhat beneficial
Not at all benficial
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Increasing the speed of research communication
Additional exposure for research
Early feedback
Demonstrating progress in the context of evaluation for grants or jobs
Establishing priority of discovery
Enabling sharing results that don’t fit in journals
Preprints are free to post
Preprints are free to read
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4. Are there any other key benefits of preprints for you (in the role you selected at the start of the survey)?
5. How concerning (or not) are the following attributes of preprints in the role you selected at the start of the survey?
Very concerning
Somewhat concerning
Not at all concerning
Don't know
Publicly sharing information before peer review
Information overload
Premature media coverage of preprints
Preprints undermine the value of peer-reviewed journals
Comments on preprints are harmful
Preprint authors getting scooped by others
People posting preprints to scoop others
Uncertainty about copyright and licensing of preprints
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6. Are there any other key concerns of preprints for you (in the role you selected at the start of the survey)?
7. Are there any resources about preprints that you’ve found helpful? If so, please provide details.
8. How many years have you held positions in the role you selected at the start of the survey?
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9. If applicable to your role, what field or discipline do you work in? Check all that apply.
10. In which geographic area do you primarily work?
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11. Would you be interested in providing additional feedback on your experience with preprints via email or a short interview?
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