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What is this website for?

This website links to preprints hosted on a preprint server, which are currently undergoing peer review at Scientific Reports. The findings have yet to be thoroughly evaluated, nor has a decision on ultimate publication been made. Therefore, the results reported should not be considered conclusive, and these findings should not be used to inform clinical practice, or public health policy, or be promoted as verified information.

This scheme is limited to selected COVID-19 related submissions at the discretion of Scientific Reports' in-house team.

Why is Scientific Reports doing this and what is the benefit to the community and author?

Preprint servers provide an important service by allowing scientists to share and discuss results with the research community quickly and easily before and during peer review. Journals such as Scientific Reports fulfil a different role by ensuring the quality and fairness of the peer review process, and readers to identify original and valid work. We believe that preprint servers and journals serve their authors and readers most effectively when they work together. By highlighting preprints currently under review, we aim to give added visibility to science that is being considered for publication and to encourage wider involvement in the peer review process as we anticipate that our authors will continue to take comments on preprints into account to strengthen their findings during the peer review process.

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a significant and urgent threat to global health, and this is the reason for why this scheme is limited to selected COVID-19 related submissions at the discretion of Scientific Reports' in-house team. Find out more on how Scientific Reports is supporting the research community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about Springer Nature’s response to COVID-19.

Are there any drawbacks of participating?

If you are considering depositing your work in a preprint server in order to take part in the scheme, you will need to check on other journals preprint server policies should the paper be rejected – while many journals are happy to consider work previously deposited in a preprint server, not all journals allow preprints to be posted. Our journal policy on preprint servers can be found at http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/preprints.html.

While we welcome deposition of preprints, please note that it may not be possible for us to undertake media promotion of your work at publication as it may not be possible for us to apply an embargo to your paper. Further information on our pre-publicity policy is available here (http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/confidentiality.html).  This may also affect your institution’s press office.   

How do I opt in? How do I opt out?

This scheme is limited to selected COVID-19 related submissions at the discretion of Scientific Reports' in-house team. Authors will be contacted directly to let them know about this scheme, and papers will only be listed on this site if they opt in, and only if the paper does get sent out to reviewers. In this case, once peer review has been initiated, the papers will be listed here. If the submitted version of your COVID-19 related paper is on a preprint server and you would like to enquire about this scheme, please email scirep.collections@nature.com indicating your manuscript number and the link to your preprinted article. It is possible to opt out at any stage by e-mailing the above address. 

What information is made publicly available?

We will list the title, authors, abstract, the date of submission, and a link, which will take you to the preprint server from which the full paper can be downloaded. We will not be indicating what stage of the review process the paper has reached.  

Who will be able to access the information?

The information will be freely accessible to everyone, without registration.  

What happens to the listing for a paper after it is posted?

The link to the preprint remains while the paper is actively under consideration by the journal, including while the author is adding any revision. It will be removed from the list if the paper is rejected or accepted for publication, or if we are asked to remove it by the corresponding author, or if the paper is withdrawn.

Can I request that my paper be taken off the list at any time?

It is possible to opt out at any stage by e-mailing scirep.collections@nature.com.

What happens if my paper is rejected? Is there any way to prevent people from knowing it has been rejected?

We do not add any information on what stage of the review process the paper is in or what decision has been made.  All papers are removed at acceptance, rejection, or withdrawal.

Where will the list be published?

The list of papers will be published at https://scientific-reports-under-consideration.nature.com/channels/2717. This link will be placed on the journal pages to increase visibility.

Can I publicise my inclusion on the list?

You are free to note your paper as being actively under peer review at Scientific Reports. However, one should always be aware that articles on preprint servers have not been finalised by authors, might contain errors, and report information that has not yet been accepted or endorsed in any way by the scientific or medical community

Therefore, the results reported should not be considered conclusive, and these findings should not be used to inform clinical practice, or public health policy, or be promoted as verified information.

Does my decision to participate have any impact on the editorial decisions made by the journal?

Your decision about whether or not to participate in this trial will not influence editorial decisions made by the journal.

Can I discuss my manuscripts with the press?

As the research will not yet have completed peer review, we request that authors should not discuss their findings with the media. For more details please consult this page.

Will manuscripts listed be citable?  

Participating manuscripts will be cited as on the preprint server, and not Scientific Reports, until the paper is accepted and published in the case of eventual acceptance.

Will my paper be rejected by Scientific Reports editors based on a comment posted on a preprint server?

We anticipate that our authors will continue to take substantive comments posted on preprint servers into account to strengthen their findings during the peer review process.

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