B2Streamlines preprint service guidelines

“Preprints are defined as an author’s version of a research manuscript prior to formal peer review at a journal, which is deposited on a public server. (as described in Preprints for the life sciences. Science 352, 899–901; 2016); preprints may be posted at any time during the peer review process. Posting of preprints is not considered prior publication and will not jeopardize consideration at Nature Research journals…
“Authors should disclose details of preprint posting, including DOI and licensing terms, upon submission of the manuscript or at any other point during consideration at a Nature Research journal. Once the preprint is published, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure that the preprint record is updated with a publication reference, including the DOI and a URL link to the published version of the article on the journal website.” –Nature Research1

In academic publishing, a preprint is a version of a scholarly or scientific paper that precedes formal peer review and publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly or scientific journal. The preprint may be available, often as a non-typeset version available free, before and/or after a paper is published in a journal.2  –Wikipedia

Authors submit articles for the purposes of 

1: staking credit and date to their work 

2: receiving feedback, allowing them to edit before submission to a journal 

3: Increasing visibility, citations by others, and attention in news and social media.

All published preprint versions are to remain available on the preprint website and server, with a means of ordering versions.

Full copyright is maintained by the author.

1 “Preprints & Conference Proceedings | Nature Research,” accessed August 1, 2020, https://www.nature.com/nature-research/editorial-policies/preprints-and-conference-proceedings.
2 “Preprint,” in Wikipedia, July 16, 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Preprint&oldid=968034997.