Preprints: Accelerating Research – On Demand*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact Kate Majewski at 

What are preprints, and how are they changing how biomedical research results are shared?  

Should you use information from preprints? Should you share your own research results in a preprint?  

This one-hour, self-paced online course from the National Library of Medicine® explores the benefits and considerations of using and submitting preprints.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to: 

  • Define the relationship between the preprint and the final paper 
  • Explain the roles of preprints in the research cycle 
  • Name key distinction between a preprint and an accepted author manuscript / published article 
  • List three other possible differences between a preprint and the final paper 
  • List benefits of using preprints in your work 
  • List challenges associated with using preprints in your work 
  • Outline considerations for using preprint information 
  • List the main preprint repositories relevant to you 
  • Explain the preprint content in PMC relevant to you 
  • Properly cite a preprint 
  • List considerations in identifying an appropriate preprint repository to deposit your work 
  • Explain the difference between a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) vs. public domain 


Four self-paced sections:  

  1. What is a Preprint? 
  2. Should I Use a Preprint? 
  3. Where can I Find Preprints? 
  4. How do I Submit a Preprint? 

MLA CE credits: 1.0