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Research Square reaches 100,000 preprint milestone -

Fewer than three years after the first preprint was posted on Research Square, the multidisciplinary preprint platform has surpassed 100,000 preprints.

These 100,000-plus preprints combined were produced by 530,415 unique co-authors, 85,887 of whom were corresponding authors. The preprints also collectively generated 6,669 citations, logged 880,665 PDF downloads, and 39,532,968 HTML page views.

Research Square’s growth rate has continued to increase over time. Since November 2020, after Research Square reached its 50,000 preprint milestone, authors from across more than 200 disciplines posted preprints at a rate of 206 per day. Before the 50,000 milestone, authors posted at a rate of 65 preprints per day.

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in February 2020, preprinting exploded, beginning with the clinical sciences and quickly spreading throughout the life and social sciences, as well as some disciplines in the humanities.

Preprints are uploaded to Research Square through one of two routes: through its innovative In Review feature, which allows researchers to upload their preprints while submitting to one of nearly 500 participating journals or via direct submission to the server.

Research Square has shown significant adoption in countries with high-growth research programs. More than 45 percent of the authors preprinting on Research Square are associated with institutions in China and India. Among the other top 10 users by country: the United States, Iran, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and Ethiopia.

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