Workshop Proceeding

Preprint servers provide a platform for publishing research results before they have undergone peer review. Proponents point to the advantages of much more quickly disclosing information and data than the time it takes to complete the peer review and journal publication process. Preprint servers have been accepted publishing platforms in the physics and mathematics communities for over 25 years and in the biology community since 2013, but no preprint culture has been established field of chemistry.

The American Chemical Society's (ACS) 2017 launch of ChemRxiv -- a free, online preprint server designed specifically for the global chemical sciences community -- has sparked renewed debate about the benefits of preprints and their potential impacts on the research enterprise and the publishing process. A workshop held by the National Academies Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR), in collaboration with ACS, at the 254th ACS National Meeting on August 22, 2017 in Washington, DC, provided a neutral forum for representatives of funding agencies, scientific journals, foundations, and academia to discuss their views.