Commentary

Preprint Servers: CSE Editorial Policy Committee White Paper Update

Abstract

The world of editorial policy can be tricky to navigate. How do journals and publishers handle implementing controversial topics into policy? What about ethical issues that have yet to be identified or continue to emerge? The work of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Editorial Policy Committee (EPC), in part, has been to speak to these and other questions. In 2006, the EPC published the White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications. One of the goals of the white paper was to “encourage everyone involved in the scholarly publishing process to take responsibility for promoting integrity in scientific publishing.”1 Since that time, the EPC has tasked itself with publishing ongoing updates to the white paper as new topics emerge and the industry evolves. The hope is that more open dialog can take place in order for best practices to be widely established and maintained and that the white paper can continue to serve as a resource across journal and publisher platforms. New Policies Preprints and preprint servers have become more widely discussed in recent years within the scientific publishing community. A preprint server is as an online repository where research findings and data can be deposited before, during, or after the peer review process. A preprint refers to the individual postings of research findings and data that are available on preprint servers. Preprints are often assigned DOIs and can be cited by researchers. This year, I had the privilege of working with the EPC on a preprint section […]

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