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Science Editing 2021;8(1): 4-9. doi: https://doi.org/10.6087/kcse.223
Korean editors’ and researchers’ experiences with preprints and attitudes towards preprint policies
Hyun Jung Yi1 , Sun Huh2
1Medical Library, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Guri, Korea
2Department of Parasitology and Institute of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea
Corresponding Author: Sun Huh, Email: shuh@hallym.ac.kr
Received: January 29, 2021;  Accepted: February 3, 2021.
This study investigated editors’ and researcher’s experiences with preprints and their attitudes towards preprint policies in Korea.
From December 30, 2019 to January 10, 2020, a Google Forms survey was mailed to members of the Korean Council of Science Editors and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies. The 16 survey items included two demographic items, six items on experience with preprints, five 5-point Likert-scale items on attitudes towards preprints, and three items on advantages and disadvantages.
Out of 365 respondents, 56 had deposited their manuscripts on preprint servers, while 49 stated that they allowed preprints in their journals. More than half of the respondents expressed favorable attitudes towards prioritizing preprint deposition, promotion of open access, rapid feedback on preprints, earlier citations, and evidence of research work. Responders in engineering had more experience with the concept of preprints, and were more likely to have heard about preprint servers and preprint deposition by other researchers, than those in medicine. Half of the editors disagreed with the need for preprints, for reasons including a lack of scientific integrity, stealing ideas/scooping data, priority issues regarding research ideas, and copyright problems.
The above results showed that preprints are still not actively used in Korea. Although experiences with preprints were not widespread, more than half of the respondents showed favorable attitudes towards preprints. More of a consensus should emerge for preprint policies to be accepted by editors in Korea.
Keywords: Attitude; Editor; Journal publishing; Preprint policy; Republic of Korea
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