n. An electronic pre-print of a scientific article.
To spread their words faster, scientists have traditionally sent out pre-prints of unpublished articles and, with the advent of the Internet, "e-prints" have now emerged.
—“Publishing, perishing, and peer review,” The Economist, January 24, 1998
When an author sends a manuscript to the database, the manuscript is called an e-print. E-prints would be retrievable free of charge in both the original and a standard format (e.g., PostScript). Articles (selected for long-term storage) would be e-prints that have been refereed by the editor and the reviewers.
—Robin Peek, “European Impact of Electronic Publishing,” Information Today, June 01, 1997
1993 (earliest)
Paul Ginsparg shut down the e-print archives of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the physicists' pre-publication bulletin board for a few days.
—Gary Taubes, “E-mail withdrawal prompts spasm,” Science, October 08, 1993
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