Badges are the best way to demonstrate that your preprint meets established standards in scientific reporting. Having your preprint certified before submission to a journal ensures that you are presenting the highest quality version of your work and can save you time during the revision process.
Demonstrates basic publication readiness. We check for:
complete author information
appropriate declaration statements
Ensures the data in your preprint can be reproduced. We review your:
reagents and organisms
data collection & analysis
Showcases statistical rigor in your data. We assess:
sample size reporting
biological vs. technical replication
all figures, tables and graphs
Our editorial team will assess your manuscript, and you’ll receive a short report with guidance on the revisions that must be made in order to be compliant with the relevant standards. Once your manuscript has been verified to meet these standards, the corresponding badge icon will be displayed on your public preprint. You’ll also receive a downloadable certificate that can be used when submitting to a journal to demonstrate the quality of your manuscript.
Journals require that manuscripts meet high ethical and reporting standards to be published. Badges quickly demonstrate to journal editors that your manuscript meets these standards. It will improve the quality of your manuscript and can save you time during revision.
First upload your manuscript to Research Square as a preprint. Then select the badge(s) you wish to purchase. Within 4 business days we’ll return a report to you with a list of changes that need to be made to your manuscript. Once you’ve made these changes the badge will be displayed on your preprint.
We’ll also send you a certificate to use when submitting to your next journal.
The guidelines are based on the editorial standards of journals such as PLOS ONE, Scientific Reports and Nature.
Our team of PhD-educated editors. Our staff have experience evaluating papers for highly selective journals.
A recent study demonstrated that badges can play a key role in signaling trustworthiness in science by allowing others to see what has been assessed and what standards have been met. Badges allow research to be certified independent of journals & validates preprints and other forms of non peer-reviewed research.
In a recent pilot with a prominent neuroscience journal, 9 manuscripts were checked for Reproducibility.
Our team also identified issues that were not included in the reviewer reports. The authors fixed the issues prior to publication, which improved the quality of the published article.
Peer reviewers also reported a better reviewing experience. One reviewer it allowed them to “review as a colleague, helping improve a manuscript instead of simply making an in/out decision.”