From sharing to versioning to citing to retracting or… How preprints became quasi-articles

« The forms of communication in academic communities are very diverse: articles, seminars, books, colloquia, mailing lists, posters, letters, workshops, proceedings,… The reasons why each one is chosen are multiple and the formats live their own life with new uses, far beyond the initial intentions of their creators. As we will see, preprints, though they have a relatively short history, followed complex patterns, to become something more than shared documents. (…) »

Source > polecopub.hypotheses.org, Didier Torny, 5 février 2020