Research Square is a multidisciplinary preprint server that posts research in all scientific areas, including physical, biomedical and social sciences.
We currently accept the following content types:
Manuscripts reporting negative results are included. We do not accept literature reviews, hypotheses, opinions, theories or commentaries.
Most journals allow posting of a preprint to places like Research Square before publication in the journal. A list of journal policies can be found on Wikipedia here.
We accept the following file formats: doc, docx, RTF, Tex/LaTeX.
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We strongly encourage authors to make the data on which the conclusions of their manuscript rely publicly available. For an index of relevant data repositories, see Fairsharing.org. We recommend authors include a Data Availability statement, documenting where the data can be found.
Data availability statements can take one of the following forms (or a combination of more than one if required for multiple datasets):
Content submitted to Research Square is checked for appropriate ethics and consent statements; patient identifiers; disclosure of competing interests; and inappropriate, alarming, or pseudoscientific claims. Checks at Research Square are carried out by our trained PhDs editorial staff. Preprints that are posted to the platform as part of In Review display the set of checks that have been carried out by the journal. They will include any checks the journal carries out in addition to the above-mentioned Research Square performed checks. These checks are displayed in the “prescreen” badge.
Once received, submissions receive a range of ethical, biosecurity, and integrity checks and are posted within 24-48hrs. Preprints received through an In Review service first undergo a quality check at the journal. Once the quality check is complete, Research Square will begin processing the manuscript for posting as a preprint.
Preprints posted on Research Square receive a DOI making them a citable part of the scientific record. They are widely indexed by indexers such as Crossref and Google Scholar, giving them a permanent digital presence. Once preprints receive a DOI, we cannot remove these from the platform without cause.
At times, we may choose to withdraw a preprint due to the findings no longer being valid, or due to ethical reasons or reasons of a similar nature. Authors or readers may request the withdrawal of a preprint from the platform by emailing [email protected]. If a preprint is withdrawn, a new version is posted that explains why the author has chosen to withdraw their preprint. The previous versions remain available.
In very rare circumstances we may decide that a preprint needs removing from the site altogether for legal reasons. In these cases the preprint is removed and replaced with a placeholder explaining why it has been removed.
Preprints at Research Square are indexed through Crossref, Google Scholar, and Researcher. Indexing with Meta, Europe PMC, and PubMed Central are in development.
If we make a decision not to post a manuscript to the platform due to concerns identified at the screening step described in section 4, that decision cannot be appealed.
Commenters are required to provide a name and email address.
Comments that are flagged for moderation should only be removed if they contain offensive or inappropriate content. Comments written in a disrespectful manner may also be removed.
Preprints are held in an archive run by Portico, who will post the full Research Square content repository in the event of the site ceasing to exist. This ensures permanence of all content posted to the platform.
All preprints on the platform are published under a CC-BY 4.0 licence. For more guidance on licensing, please see the Preprint Licensing Information Page at ASAPbio.
Please cite preprints on Research Square using the following format:
Martina Bientzle, Ulrike Cress, Joachim Kimmerle. Development of domain-specific epistemological beliefs of physiotherapists: A longitudinal study, 22 October 2019, PREPRINT (Version 3) available at Research Square [+https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.2.9685/v3]