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Alive publication

Preprints ( — relatively small, but popular among Russian authors archive of scientific preprint articles available in the public domain. The archive is maintained by MDPI publishing house, which specializes in publishing open access journals. Preprints has been in operation since 2017, and by 2022 more than 30,000 articles had been posted in the archive. The archive is interdisciplinary, posting articles from all fields of scientific research.

Like arXiv Preprints supports alive publications. The author has the right at any time to post in Preprints new and new versions of his alive article, the files of which receive addresses (URL) with suffixes v1, v2, v3, ... To access the latest version of an alive publication in Preprints, a URL without a suffix is used, for example,

Each version of the article placed in Preprints receives its own DOI. Like the direct links, the DOI sequential versions of the article receive the same suffixes v1, v2, v3, ... Unfortunately, however, this similarity between a direct version URL and the DOI assigned to it ends: Preprints implementation for unknown reasons do not support DOI without a suffix to access the latest version of the article.

Note that all the addresses mentioned above do not lead to the full text, but to the article card in Preprints. This causes some inconvenience to the reader — the full text from the URL here can be reached only in at least two clicks. But in this way, an alive publication attracts the reader's attention: even a reader who comes to Preprints by the URL of a specific, possibly outdated version will probably see that the article is alive and that, along with the file indicated in the URL, the latest, most recent version is also available to him.

In order to include the latest Preprints publication date in a bibliographic reference, it is not necessary to embed this date in the article file: this date can be extracted by the support tools from the Preprints system data. In other words, an author who wishes to include the last revision date of any article from Preprints in their bibliography can do so in the manner described in the Reference section without having to find out whether the article file has been attributed accordingly. However, in this case, you cannot use DOI as a reference to article. Moreover, here the article URL in the bibliographic reference should be presented without suffix, in other words, it should have the form For example, HTML code

Gorbunov-Posadov M.M. Dynamically updated alive publication date // Preprints, 2022. Revision from <output class="p-alive" for="preprints"></output>. <a id="preprints" href=""></a>

a browser will turn into the following text:

Gorbunov-Posadov M.M. Dynamically updated alive publication date // Preprints, 2022. Revision from .

Горбунов-Посадов М.М. Интернет-активность как обязанность ученого. — М.: ИПМ им.М.В.Келдыша, 2008.
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Горбунов-Посадов М.М. Живая публикация // Открытые системы. — 2011, № 4. — С. 48–49.
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Горбунов-Посадов М.М. ВАК в интернете // Информационные технологии и вычислительные системы. — 2011. — № 4. — С. 74-78.
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Горбунов-Посадов М.М. Персональная веб-страница ученого. — М.: ИПМ им.М.В.Келдыша, 2011.
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Горбунов-Посадов М.М. Препринты ИПМ им.М.В.Келдыша. — М.: ИПМ им.М.В.Келдыша, 2011.
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