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For those who are unfamiliar, a pre print server allows authors to make public full-length versions of complete manuscripts that have not yet passed peer review. Preprint servers offer the benefits of durability, speed of posting, and easy access by the public. Other potential advantages include the ability for authors to establish precedent (“we are the first to report…”), to receive feedback on the work from other scientists, and to disseminate results without barriers such as journals’ subscription paywalls or the delays associated with peer review. Advocates of preprint servers feel that posting work to these servers can help mitigate positive-outcome bias, and that they increase transparency and data sharing [5, 12], the latter being a requirement of important funding bodies such as the National Institutes of Health  and the Wellcome Trust . Perhaps for these reasons, several major funding bodies have expressed public support for the development of preprint servers .