We asked, you spoke, we listened. Last week, we announced that PaleorXiv was open for submissions. This led to a great deal of discussion, as expected, including some important concerns from members of the Palaeo community. We are thankful for all of the engagement so far from all of you. As I previously stated “I want to hear from you, more than I want you to hear from me.“
As such, I have drafted the following submission guidelines. I hope these will help to clarify some/most/all of the potential issues people might have had, and therefore encourage more submissions.
PaleorXiv submission guidelines for authors
- Please note that preprints have not been through formal peer review processes. Researchers who re-use or cite them must take the responsibility to make sure that this status is clearly marked.
- Before you submit, please add a note to the front page that states “This is a preprint that has been submitted to journal XXX”. When you update to the postprint or accepted author manuscript, please change this to “This is a postprint that has been peer reviewed and accepted at the journal XXX.”
- Please exercise the same judgment you would use for any research output when it comes to the citation and re-use of preprints.
- We strongly encourage community interaction through commenting and sharing of preprints.
- Authors should update submissions with the postprint version or author-accepted manuscript. We will perform checks for journal compliance and embargo periods in these cases where needed.
- Note that preprint publication does not replace publishing with, or increase the risk of rejection from, journals.
- Papers identifying new genera or species should omit the name and replace it with ‘gen et. sp. nov.’, as appropriate.
As always, is anything from this missing? Is anything unclear? Do they help with any doubts that you had about preprints and PaleorXiv? Let me know!
In the mean time, we are still accepting pre-launch submissions. If you would like to join those who have submitted already, simply drop me a message here and we’ll take it forward.