Annual Meeting Report

Preprint Submissions to Journals: What’s Your Policy?


MODERATOR: Helen Atkins Senior Manager, Journal & Product Support American Chemical Society Washington, DC SPEAKERS: Darla Henderson Publisher, Global Journals Development Assistant Director, Open Access Programs ACS Publications Washington, DC Allison Leung Senior Editor, Social Science Journals SAGE Publishing Thousand Oaks, California Laura Remis Assistant Managing Editor, Science Advances American Association for the Advancement of Science Washington, DC REPORTER: Becky Rivard Associate Production Editor American Mathematical Society Providence, Rhode Island Many authors—in both the sciences and humanities—are submitting to online preprint platforms. In fact, more people read these than the accepted publications, perhaps because they are available earlier or perhaps because they are open access. Some stakeholders embrace preprint servers, while others have reservations. In this talk, three scholarly publishing professionals spoke on the pros and cons of working with preprint systems, as well as the challenges involved in creating and updating policies around preprints and preprint submissions. First, Darla Henderson of the American Chemical Society (ACS) talked about the chemistry community’s need for a preprint system and how ACS worked with fellow societies Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) to launch, support, and develop the service. Preprints and accepted articles both have merits: disclosure and rapid dissemination in the former, and validation through peer review in the latter. In the end, the three societies decided to create a community preprint server as part of their core values of being community-driven. Their preprint server, ChemRxiv, also has a direct journal transfer option so that authors […]

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