Ravinetto, Raffaella, et al. "Preprints in times of COVID19: the time is ripe for agreeing on terminology and good practices." BMC Medical Ethics 22.1 (2021): 1-5.

This paper discusses the increasing use of preprint servers across research communities in recent years. As these servers share not yet peer-reviewed manuscripts, which enables a rapid dissemination of research outcomes, there are challenges in publication ethics and integrity preprints involve.

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While the growth-driven evolution of preprint servers, such as during the media limelight in the pandemic period, has been enabled by scholarly journal policies increasingly allowing the pre-publication manuscript deposition at Open Access servers, such as those of around 86% of clinical medicine journals, the post-publication exposure trajectory of preprint papers has not been receiving sufficient research attention. As some preprint servers, such as arXiv or bioRxiv, make increasing efforts to indicate whether the findings preprints report have been scientifically vetted by the scientific community or server-responsible editorial teams, the rapid growth in preprint output has been outstripping available reviewing capacities, which can lead to the issuance or dissemination of unreliable scholarly information, as Ravinetto et al. (2021) highlight in their paper. This apparently requires the development and implementation of preprint quality standards.