Parallel session

Beyond cheerleading

4 July

14:00 to 15:10


Will preprints in health and medical research make reporting better or worse?

Preprints: where new research is immediately and freely posted online before peer-reviewed publication. Many scientists love the concept, as preprints challenge the journal hierarchy and enable sharing of new findings without the interminable cycle of submission, rejection and duplication.
The preprint model is becoming common in health and medical research. But scientists are not the only audience for new findings. What will be the impact on the reporting of science? If all new findings are instantly available online, without peer review or embargo, how will preprints affect journalists reporting health and medical news - and the public consuming it?