About the Server

The ayurCASERxiv Preprint server will archive author drafts of clinical case report in the field of Ayurveda in compliance with the CARE Guidelines and the paper will go online within a week after preliminary editorial review. The archived preprints  can be submitted later to research journals for publication after peer review. While majority of the indexed journals accept preprints, please note that some journals do not accept preprints for publication later. An indication of the preprint policies of mainstream journals and publishers can be found here.

A preprint is a full draft of a research paper that is shared publicly before it has been peer reviewed. Due to lengthy publication times in a regular journal, preprint servers are emerging in various disciplines world over. Examples are chemrxiv, biorxiv, medrxiv, preprint, research square and so on. A preprint server does not prevent one from publishing the paper in a regular journal later. The US National Institutes of Health and Wellcome Trust, among other funders, allow researchers to cite preprints in their grant applications.

A preprint enables the author to firmly stake a claim to the work done by him/her. The preprint serves as a public, conclusive record of research data generated by the author, much before it is published in a regular journal.

The main purpose of a preprint server is to enable authors to share their research findings immediately. This creates an opportunity to receive feedback on an article so that it can be revised before submission to a research journal. Because they  have not been peer-reviewed, preprints should not be used to guide clinical practice, health-related behaviour or health policy and they shoud be cited in articles with caution.