Preprints and Medical Journals: Some Things You Should Know as an Author

“Due to the recent submission of preprints, we have had to add a preprint policy to our editorial policy and author guidelines for the Balkan Medical Journal. In this issue, for the first time, we are publishing a study that was previously posted to a preprint platform. We received an article a few months ago, but the author had not informed us that the article had been sent to a preprint platform before it was sent to our journal. Before sending the manuscript to the reviewers, we checked its similarity score, and noticed that the similarity rate was extremely high. We found that this was due to the preprint version of the same manuscript. This experience led us to decide that we need a preprint policy and that the journal should guide the authors in this regard. This is why we created our preprint policy and published it on the web, in consultation with our editorial board. The full policy is now available online at https:// balkanmedicaljournal.org/en/editorial-policy-1018. Now, through this editorial, we wish to inform the authors and readers about preprint publication and what they should look for….”

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