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Open Research

This guide provides information and how-to advice on a number of different ways you can embed open practices into your research.
Registering a pre-print


Before registering a pre-print, check with your planned publisher that they allow this. This information is often found on the publisher’s website or Sherpa Romeo.

Many people register pre-prints in a subject specific provider. Common ones include;

  • arXiv (physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics);
  • PeerJ Preprints (biology and medicine);
  • EdArXiv (education); and
  • PsyArXiv (psychology)

There are also non subject-specific pre-print servers such as OSFPreprints which indexes numerous other servers, as well as more complete lists of discipline and non-discipline preprint registries.

Whilst each pre-print server is slightly different, registering a pre-print follows some basic steps such as;

  • creating an account;
  • uploading your pre-peer review file;
  • attributing metadata (title, date, authors, subject tags, etc);
  • adding any supplementary material; and
  • assigning a copyright license

For an example of a pre-print and the accompanying published peer-reviewed paper see this example.

OSFPreprints has an easy-to-follow guide that allows you to register your pre-prints.