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Calling all Africa-based researchers! Do you have experiences with preprints or thoughts on their use?

Preprints, or pre-publication research manuscripts, have become increasingly popular in the global academic community. However, we believe it’s crucial to understand the unique perspectives and experiences of African researchers when it comes to preprints.

Preprints have the potential to bring about greater equity in the publishing process and academia more widely. However, the adoption of preprints varies significantly across academic fields and geographical regions. Across Africa, there is limited evidence regarding the number of preprints posted and used. However, the data that does exist points to a low number of published preprints across the region. 

To better understand the awareness and perception of preprints from Africa-based researchers, a group of ASAPbio 2023 Fellows have designed a short survey. “Perceptions of Preprints by Africa-based Researchers,” and we need your valuable input. By participating in this survey, you can contribute to a deeper understanding of how preprints are viewed and utilized within the African research landscape.

Completing the survey will only take a few minutes of your time. Just click on the link below to get started:

Your responses will remain completely anonymous, and your privacy is of utmost importance to us.

As a token of our appreciation, respondents will have a chance to win a gift card taken from a random draw when the survey closes. We will publish the results of the survey in aggregate in a blog post and make available a version of the data that does not contain any information on individual institutions, individuals, or other potentially identifying information.

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