Preprints Survey


As part of a grant* from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Center for Open Science (COS) is asking for graduate students, post docs, faculty at research institutions, and other researchers to participate in a survey to investigate the factors that affect the perceived credibility and use of preprints. Preprints are research papers that are openly shared prior to the peer review process. The survey will assess use and credibility of preprints across scholarly domains. Anyone is welcome to take the survey.

Sloan00sqPreprint use is growing rapidly, and COS believes that it is important to solicit the research community’s attitudes about preprints to foster a scholarly dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of using them.
The data will be openly available for use in whatever way would be most useful for engaging the community.

Participation in this study involves:

  • A time commitment of 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Completion of a survey involving researchers qualitative, subjective evaluation of factors related to the credibility of preprints.

Current use of preprints (either uploading preprints or reading preprints) is not a prerequisite to participating in the study. 

This link will lead you directly to the survey. You must be 18 or older to participate. For more information, please contact the project’s research lead, Courtney Soderberg at

*Study Title: Signals of Trust in Preprints IRB Protocol Number: 2192 Principal Investigator: Brian Nosek, Ph.D.