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OSF Preprints is an Open Access option for discovering multidisciplinary preprints, as well as postprints and working papers. OSF refers to the Open Science Framework which was developed by the Center for Open Science. Key features of this product include an open infrastructure and a public API. Authors who submit content to OSF partner repositories have licensing options and autonomy for selecting disciplines and tags that affect how users discover the content. As this review explains, the search interface is clean and easy to use. Branding using the word ‘preprints’ may confuse users who would ultimately discover preprints as well as postprints and working papers. Moderation varies among partner repositories (e.g., SocArXiv) discoverable in OSF Preprints.

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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