pre·​print | \ ˈprē-ˌprint How to pronounce preprint (audio) , ˌprē-ˈprint \

Definition of preprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an issue of a technical paper often in preliminary form before its publication in a journal
2 : something (such as an advertisement) printed before the rest of the publication in which it is to appear


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

Definition of preprint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to print in advance for later use

Examples of preprint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two studies published in May looked at preprint servers and found that women in life and medical sciences aren’t seeing the same gains in publishing compared to their male peers since the pandemic started. Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit. What can their employers do to help?," 9 July 2020 Online preprint servers such as medRxiv have emerged as one tool in getting information out fast. Jordan Nutting, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus is revolutionizing scientific practices and communication. Here's how," 7 July 2020 Another analysis, which was published in a preprint server and looked specifically at Covid-19 papers published by U.S. researchers, found that first authorship among women declined 23% compared to papers published in the same journals last year. Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit. What can their employers do to help?," 9 July 2020 The results of a study by her colleagues, also still a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, point to an even larger clustering effect. Andrea Kane, CNN, "Is there really such a thing as a 'super spreader'?," 12 June 2020 Two papers posted on the preprint server earlier this year are emblematic of these shifting sensibilities. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers," 9 June 2020 The paper will be posted to arXiv, a preprint server in coming days. Will Knight, Wired, "Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry," 11 July 2020 Since December, more than 5,000 manuscripts related to COVID-19 research have been submitted to medRxiv and another preprint server, bioRxiv. Jordan Nutting, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus is revolutionizing scientific practices and communication. Here's how," 7 July 2020 The study, published in the journal Cell, builds on some earlier work the team did that was released on a preprint server earlier in the year. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Study confirms new version of coronavirus spreads faster, but doesn't make people sicker," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although journals have tried to speed up peer review, many authors bypass it altogether by uploading working papers to preprint sites. The Economist, "Garbage in How to spot dodgy academic journals," 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, "Martin Shkreli is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to get out of prison," 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, "Covid-19 is reshaping the world of bioscience publishing," 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, "New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain," 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,, "Corrections and clarifications," 4 June 2019 There is a page-numbering error in some editions of Sunday’s preprinted Real Estate section. Chicago Tribune,, "Corrections and clarifications," 18 May 2018 The letters were preprinted with persuasive messages but included room for each guest to add a personal note. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "These “Dinners for DACA” Make It Easier for People to Make a Difference," 12 Oct. 2017 Students sign in at a counter, on a sheet preprinted with their names, before walking through a metal detector. Heather Vogell, USA TODAY, "For-profit charter schools bill taxpayers for empty desks," 5 Oct. 2017

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1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Preprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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