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Webinar preprints - Accelerating plant sciences and agriculture


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Preprints - Accelerating plant sciences and agriculture


29 April 2021, 3pm British Summer Time (BST)

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* Why are researchers in plant and agricultural sciences posting preprints?

* What should you consider before you post a preprint?

* How does a preprint relate to a journal publication?

The use of preprints has accelerated in the last few years with many researchers now sharing their latest work with the scientific community before or in parallel to publication with a journal. After a slower start compared to other research fields, adoption of preprints in the plant sciences and agriculture is growing well.

In this webinar, we will discuss the outlook of preprints in plant sciences and agriculture, explore what can be learned from fields with a longer tradition of preprint use and hear from researchers who have successfully used preprints for the communication of their research.


Speakers and presentation subjects listed below:

Preprints and how they fit into the publication process

Niklaus Grünwald - Research Plant Pathologist at the Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, courtesy Professor at Oregon State University, founding Editor-in-Chief for CABI Agriculture and Bioscience.

Preprints for researchers in agricultural sciences

Sridhar Gutam - Senior Scientist at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research. Convenor for Open Access India, founder of the Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, agriRxiv and IndiaRxiv.

The use of bioRxiv by plant scientists

Samantha Hindle - Content Manager at bioRxiv and medRxiv, Co-founder of PREreview.

The value of preprints for early-career researchers in plant and agricultural sciences

Stephanie van Wyk - Post-doctoral research fellow at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria.


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