Research Square is a new pre-publication platform that allows you to share your work early, gain feedback on your manuscript, and discover emerging science all in one place.
Posting your work early allows you to register your discovery prior to publication in a journal. A DOI timestamps your work and you can start earning citations. Once public, your work can be cited, commented on, and shared by you or others.
Most importantly, posting early means discoveries are shared more quickly, allowing others to build off your work and science to move more quickly. A commentary on the benefits of preprints in the life sciences can be found here: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6288/899.
Research Square features all the characteristics of a traditional preprint server, but with some notable differences:
Click the Submit button, create an account, and then follow the instructions to upload your manuscript and figures. After you submit your paper to Research Square, it will be checked by our editorial staff to ensure it meets our standards for online posting. We'll email you when your paper is posted online and ready to be shared. At that time, you'll receive a DOI and a link to the public version of your article to share with others.
A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a persistent record that your work has been published online and is part of the scholarly record. This means the work can be cited by other researchers in the knowledge that the cited article will be permanently available through the DOI link.
DOIs from Research Square are issued through Crossref, who have a specific DOI structure for preprints. This allows them to be linked to the final published journal article.
We currently accept the following article types:
We do not accept literature reviews, hypotheses, opinions, theories or commentaries.
No. Research Square is a preprint server and is therefore not listed in the Web of Science. As such, it does not receive an Impact Factor. Articles can still be cited, however, and citations will be counted by Google Scholar and Crossref.
Whichever reference style you use, the citation should make clear that the paper is a preprint and not yet part of the published literature. We suggest the following format:
AUTHOR. TITLE. DATE, PREPRINT (Version #) available at Research Square DOI.
Meybohm, P., Lindau, S., Treskatsch, S. et al. Liberal transfusion strategy to prevent mortality and anaemia-associated, ischaemic events in elderly non-cardiac surgical patients – the study design of the LIBERAL-Trial. 20 December 2018, PREPRINT (Version 2) available at Research Square https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.2.55/v2
To upload a revision, simply log into your account and select 'Edit Submission.'
When an article is submitted, it undergoes a series of checks to ensure it is suitable to be included on the platform. These checks include:
If we feel your paper does not pass all of these checks, we may decide not to post it, in which case you will receive an email informing you of our decision. Decisions to withhold posting cannot be appealed.
When you post to a preprint server you retain full copyright over your article and are free to post it in as many places as you like. However, having more than one version in different places could reduce the usage counts and metrics obtained here and on other sites.
Once your paper is posted online, use the share icons in your author dashboard to share on social media or through email. You can reply to comments and engage with the community directly. You can also flag comments you find inappropriate.
More and more journals are open to preprints; however, journal policies differ. Prior to submitting your manuscript to a journal, we recommend you review the author guidelines to determine the journal's policy on accepting preprints. A list of academic journals by preprint policy can be found on Wikipedia.
If your paper is rejected, all information corresponding to the journal will be removed, leaving only the article and any revisions that have been submitted. You are free to send the link to your article to other journals as part of a future submission.
In Review is a pre-publication service offered to authors when they submit to participating journals. Powered by Research Square, In Review gives authors access to up-to-date information on their article while it's still under review.
For more information about In Review including participating journals, see here.