Reprints are copies of a published work that can be shared with readers, researchers, and scholars to help disseminate information. They are important for promoting work, meeting demand, and replacing damaged or lost copies of publications. However, reprints are subject to copyright laws and must be distributed with the permission of the author or publisher. This article explores which author is normally responsible for sharing reprints of a publication with readers and how they can do so.
Who Is Normally Responsible for Sharing Reprints of a Publication with Readers?
The corresponding author is the primary point of contact with Scientific Reports for all communication on behalf of the paper’s co-authors. This is not to imply that they are the senior or most experienced authors, but they take responsibility for ensuring enquiries about the paper are responded to promptly on behalf of the whole group. They also ensure that the competing interests statement is provided during submission and that any other relevant declarations are made.
Upon acceptance, the primary author receives a limited number of reprints for their own use and distribution to colleagues and collaborators. These reprints can be used for a variety of purposes including promotional activities, presenting at conferences, and including in grant applications. Research institutions and funding agencies often purchase large numbers of reprints from the publisher to distribute to their networks and to ensure wider access to the published work.
While reprints are important for promoting work and making publications more accessible, they can be expensive to produce and can make it difficult for individuals or institutions on tight budgets to obtain them. The increasing availability of open access publishing means that many publications can be directly accessed by readers through the publisher’s website or through academic databases and repositories. This can often eliminate the need for traditional reprint dissemination.