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Wellcome Trust now accepts preprints in grant applications

11 January 2017

As of January 2017, Wellcome Trust will permit researchers to cite preprints, or pre-peer reviewed manuscripts, in their grant applications and end-of-grant review reports.

A preprint is a complete and public draft of a scientific document, yet to be certified by peer review.

This change will help Wellcome Trust (and those reviewing grant applications) to get a more up-to-date picture of researchers' work. 

Preprints have been a common feature of physics and computer science for many years. Recently, spearheaded by the ASAPbio initiative, there has been a resurgence of interest, as seen in the growth in submissions to the bioRxiv preprint server, supportive statements from other funders, and mandates from research groups

Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Trust, says: "We hope that the ability of our researchers to now cite preprints will empower them to make use of this technology as a way to communicate their research findings more quickly, and accelerate the discovery of new knowledge."

Wellcome is working with other research funders to look into the value and feasibility of a central service for preprints. Such a service would bring together content from multiple preprint servers (eg BioRxixPeer J Preprints and SocArXiv) giving researchers and machines new ways to search, access and reuse it.

Further information

Visit Wellcome Trust website for further information.

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