Pippa Smart
PSP Consulting, Oxford, UK

Pippa Smart is a publishing consultant, working under the name of PSP Consulting. I specialize in editorial strategies and journal development, as well as copyright advice. I particularly work with editorial associations and non-profit publishers around the world providing training, advice, contract creation and negotiation. I have the honor of being Past-President of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), Director of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and Editor in Chief of the ALPSP journal, Learned Publishing. I write a monthly newsletter for ALPSP which is read by over 1300 of its publisher members. ORCID: 0000-0002-5528-4704

Preprints and publishing

2020 was a watershed moment for publishing when the use of preprints (i.e. articles posted before formal review) became a normalized activity for many researchers. Although used extensively in several communities for many years (e.g. on the site) it is their use in the biomedical sciences which has proved momentous for publishing. However they are not without problems and this presentation will consider the place of preprints within the academic and conference ecosystem, and consider how they are used – and abused – in the dissemination of research information within academia and among the wider public.