A Researcher’s Guide to Preprints—Importance & Benefits to Authors

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The adoption of the open access (OA) movement has seen a significant increase over the last few years. This is in part due to the launch of key OA mandates and the rise of different avenues for disseminating research freely. One of the main factors driving free and immediate access to cutting-edge research is preprint repositories. The University of Turku in collaboration with Enago and Karger Publishers conducted an insightful webinar to help their students and researchers understand the importance and benefits of the preprint servers. It also provided insights on how preprints can aid in bridging the gaps in academic publishing and help accelerate scholarly communication.

Researchers will have a better understanding of the following:

  • History of Preprints
  • Benefits of Preprints
  • Preprint Policies Among Journals and Funders
  • Preprints and Scholarly Communication
  • Preprints and the Question of Peer Review
  • Future of Preprints


Despina Sanoudou, Ph.D. (Cambridge), FACMG (Harvard)

An established researcher, public speaker, and published author, Dr. Sanoudou is an award-winning medical researcher with 178 publications in renowned medical/biomedical journals. The impact of her work is demonstrated by the 4,981+ citations that she has to her credit. She is also the recipient of more than 20 research grants. Dr. Sanoudou has worked as a coordinator for an international genomics/pharmacogenomics program and as a fellow with Genzyme and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was a post-doctoral fellow as well as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. As a Publication and Training Consultant with Enago Academy, she conducts webinars and workshops to help researchers understand the nuances of academic writing and publishing. To date, Dr. Sanoudou has attended >200 national and international conferences as an invited speaker, served as a peer reviewer for 41 international journals, and chaired several seminars. She is also on the editorial board of multiple international scientific journals.