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pre·​print ˈprē-ˌprint How to pronounce preprint (audio)
: an issue of a technical paper often in preliminary form before its publication in a journal
: something (such as an advertisement) printed before the rest of the publication in which it is to appear


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pre·​print (ˌ)prē-ˈprint How to pronounce preprint (audio)
preprinted; preprinting; preprints

transitive verb

: to print in advance for later use

Examples of preprint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Both groups reported their findings in preprints, which are scientific reports that have not yet been through a journal’s peer review process. Megan Molteni and Helen Branswell, STAT, 13 May 2024 Related: Republicans, concerned about dairy industry, urge calm about H5N1 bird flu Scientists who have been frustrated by the slow drip of data from the USDA’s investigations hailed the preprint on social media as progress. Megan Molteni, STAT, 2 May 2024 In a preprint that has not yet been peer reviewed, the Jefferson Lab team calculated that this radius may be about 25 percent smaller than the charge radius, just 0.6 femtometers. Charlie Wood, WIRED, 14 Apr. 2024 Many of the design concepts for solar-power satellites, including one your group published in a 2022 preprint, incorporate concentrators to reduce the amount of photovoltaic area and mass needed. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Apr. 2024 While their findings were posted in the preprint server bioRxiv, their research supports other studies in the field that are trying to grow food in space. Miriam Fauzia, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 In a study posted to the preprint server in 2019, the researchers reported that the more the students’ and teacher’s brains synced, the better the students retained the material when tested a week later. Quanta Magazine, 28 Mar. 2024 Criterion would track down the original negative or best-surviving preprint version, then hire technicians to scan the film, remove blemishes when possible and correct colors that may have faded or turned pink over time. Joshua Hunt, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 The way our culture has changed in some ways… Back in 2007, only a fraction of mathematicians made their preprints available before publishing. Quanta Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024
The study was released to preprint recently and has not been peer reviewed. Julie Washington, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2022 Scientists are good at creating new ways of sharing information, from the World Wide Web to preprint servers like arXiv. Iulia Georgescu, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 Although journals have tried to speed up peer review, many authors bypass it altogether by uploading working papers to preprint sites. The Economist, 30 May 2020 Over the past few months, scientists around the world have embarked on similar efforts to identify medicines that might treat Covid-19, posting their work to preprint servers and debating the merits of various approaches. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 6 Apr. 2020 This objection has fallen by the wayside in response to widespread support for the value that preprints confer. Jeffrey S. Flier, STAT, 23 Mar. 2020 Some are posting their work to preprint servers, a practice that, while common in fields like physics, has never taken off in biology. Quanta Magazine, 7 July 2016 In today’s preprinted Food & Dining section, the Summer Eating List reported that Pizzeria Portofino would be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Chicago Tribune,, 4 June 2019 There is a page-numbering error in some editions of Sunday’s preprinted Real Estate section. Chicago Tribune,, 18 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preprint was in 1889

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“Preprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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