In 2011 I began submitting papers to preprint servers well before they where formally accepted [or even submitted] for publication.
At the urging of Graham Coop [who co-founded Haldane’s Sieve], I submitted our first co-authored paper to ‘ Quantitative Biology > Populations and Evolution ‘ section of arXiv [ http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.5917 , now available at Genetics http://www.genetics.org/content/190/2/709.full.pdf ]. arXiv started in 1991 as a way for scientists to share their work more immediately than the [often slow] process of peer review generally allows. More recently, numerous additional preprint severs have popped up [notably peerJ preprints and bioRxiv, where my paper with Amanda Kenney, Lex Flagel, Graham Coop, and Andrea Sweigart was the first contributed paper to the evolutionary biology section].
The case for submitting to preprint servers has been made previously [e.g. this paper]. I would like to briefly share these benefits wrt my recent submission to bioRxiv. Less than a day after submitting to bioRxiv I heard both positive feedback and thoughtful [for 140 characters, anyways] comments about this paper.
— Justin Blumenstiel (@bdelloid) May 22, 2014
The pdf of this paper has been viewed more than 100 times in less than 1 week. I would have been lucky to have one or two people [i.e. Editor and Associate Editor] glance at this paper in this time under the standard review process.
The discussion of this paper has had me take a 2nd look. I found an embarrassing number of typos in my 1st submission [as usual….]. However, this was easy to fix, I corrected the many typos I caught and simply uploaded an improved version [compare V1 and V2… also let me know if you spot more typos].
While I am still going to go forward with the standard submission process, its unlikely to be as much fun.