FAQ

1) What is a preprint? (2020/04/16 14:00)

It is a manuscript made available in open access on a preprint web server before being published by a journal. Preprints are considered as the beginning of the research articles communication flow in the SciELO Publication Model. SciELO Preprints is a preprint web server that obeys basic quality criteria. Thus, manuscripts will only be accepted in SciELO Preprints if they obey basic criteria regarding the text structure and type of document.  

2) What is the SciELO Preprints server? (2020/07/06 11:00)

It is an open access preprint server with attribution CC-BY operated by the SciELO Program using the open source Open Preprint Systems (OPS), developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), also responsible for the Open Journal Systems (OJS). SciELO Preprints is an integral part of the SciELO Network of national and thematic journal collections and operates as a collection of scientific documents that are indexed and retrieved by SciELO, Google Scholar and other scientific systems and indexers. The copyright of the preprints belong to the authors.

3) What are the main features of SciELO Preprints? (2020/07/06 14:00)

(a) Managed and operated by the SciELO Program and an integral part of the SciELO Network of national and thematic journal collections - www.scielo.org; (b) Operates on the Open Preprint Systems (OPS) software; (c) Apply basic criteria for the selection of manuscripts regarding the type of document and the text structure; (d) The editorial management and the development and application of the basic selection criteria are conducted by the SciELO Preprints Editorial Committee; (e) Preprints are subject to versioning; (f) Preprints can be withdrawn from the server at the initiative of the authors or by SciELO Preprints and are subject to retraction. However, the metadata and the reason for retraction remain on the server; (g) All preprints have a DOI identifier and Crossref registry, which ensures interoperability and visibility in the global scientific information flow;  (h) Preprints will be digitally preserved by SciELO; (i) Preprints are indexed and retrieved by SciELO, Google Scholar and are available for wide indexing; and (j) When published in a journal, the preprint is linked to the respective final article.

4) Who can submit manuscripts to SciELO Preprints? (2020/04/16 14:00)

Authors and SciELO journals can. Authors submit manuscripts before or in parallel to submission to a journal. This type of manuscript does not have a peer review formalized by a journal. In such cases, the manuscript is automatically uploaded when it meets the basic selection criteria or if approved after basic assessment by editors of the manuscript’s area and will receive a DOI assigned by SciELO Preprints. SciELO journals submit manuscripts already approved that are in the final process of evaluation, editing and publication. In these cases, the manuscript is automatically uploaded and will have the same DOI as the final journal article.

5) Who are responsible for the preprints? (2020/07/06 14:00)

The authors and journals who submit manuscripts are. The basic selection criteria and the basic evaluation by the editors are instruments that SciELO Preprints uses to ensure the highest quality level of the preprints. However, SciELO Preprints does not validate and is not to be hold responsible of the preprints’ content.

6) Do all preprints have a DOI? (2020/04/16 14:00)

Yes. When the manuscript is submitted by the authors, SciELO Preprints assigns a DOI to the preprint. When the manuscript is submitted by a SciELO journal, the journal assigns the preprint a DOI. 

7) Can preprints be modified to new versions? What is versioning? (2020/07/06 11:00)

Yes. The possibility of improving a manuscript is one of the main characteristics and advantages of using preprints. The preprint gives authors more control over the communication of their research. Journals can use preprint to improve and disseminate manuscripts already approved before the publication of the final article or version of record. There is no limitation on the number of modifications. OPS always operates with the latest preprint version, but each version keeps a connection with the previous one, so that all versions are kept on the server. This feature is called versioning and is one of the properties of trusted servers.

8) What are the basic criteria for selecting manuscripts regarding text structure? (2020/07/06 11:00)

The text structure and format of the manuscript submitted to SciELO Preprints must contain the basic set of data elements required by SciELO Publishing Schema, so that the preprints submitted by the authors meet all the requirements for submission to SciELO journals. Those submitted by journals already meet the basic criteria. Thus, the manuscripts submitted in PDF must contain the following bibliographic elements: title, authors, detailed institutional affiliation of the authors including ORCID identifier, abstract, keywords, full text, bibliographic references, conflicts of interest disclosure, and identification of each author's contribution, preferably following the CRediT system. Manuscripts in a language other than English must include the title, abstract and keywords translated into English Authors are requested to complete in no more than two working days the mandatory bibliographical elements missing from the submitted manuscript.

9) What are the basic criteria for selecting manuscripts submitted by the authors regarding the types of documents? (2020/07/06 11:00)

The types of privileged documents are manuscripts that communicate or are related to scientific research. Essays and opinions will be analyzed by the area editors for evaluation. The moderation follows two converging basic criteria for manuscript acceptance. First, if the manuscript communicates new knowledge -- for example, technical notes, guides and manuals are not accepted. Second, if the manuscript is eligible to be sent for peer review by a typical SciELO journal.

10) Automatic acceptance of manuscripts submitted by authors: what are the basic requirements? (2020/07/06 11:00)

Automatic acceptance occurs within the next 24 hours after submission. There are five basic requirements: first, manuscripts that communicate research results; second, all authors must have complete institutional affiliation; third, all authors must have ORCID included in their institutional affiliations; fourth, the main author must have at least three articles indexed in Crossref, or two articles published in the last two years, or already have a preprint previously accepted by SciELO Preprints; and, fifth, when there is more than one author, the contribution of each one must be informed at the end of the manuscript, preferably following the CRediT system. The authors’ scientific production analysis is done via the ORCID record. When the ORCID records are not public, the manuscript goes to moderation by an area moderator.

11) Which manuscript languages are accepted? (2020/04/16 14:00)

During the pilot operation, manuscripts in Spanish, English and Portuguese will be accepted. When the language is different from English, the title, abstract and keywords must be provided with their respective English translations. When the manuscript is written simultaneously in more than one language, both versions can be submitted separately. Each will receive a specific DOI and the Crossref record indicates the translation relationship between DOIs.

12) Can a manuscript under evaluation by a journal be submitted by the authors to SciELO Preprints? (2020/04/16 14:00)

It can when the journal allows or even when the journal suggests it. When in doubt, authors should ask the journal before submission to SciELO Preprints. Manuscripts being evaluated by journals when submitted and approved either by automatic acceptance criteria or by the area editors receive a DOI assigned by SciELO Preprints.  

13) Can a preprint submitted to a journal be updated with the improvements recommended by reviewers and editors? (2020/04/16 14:00)

It can, when the journal allows or even when the journal suggests it. When in doubt, authors should ask the journal before proceeding with the adjustments. The journal publishes the final article or version of record. On SciELO Preprints, the preprint is redirected to the article’s version of record.   

14) Which journals can submit already approved manuscripts to SciELO Preprints? (2020/04/16 14:00)

Only journals indexed in the SciELO Network collections can submit manuscripts that have already been approved and are in the final stage of evaluation, edition or publication. The manuscripts are automatically uploaded and will have the same DOI as the respective final journal articles. Non-SciELO journals must request or authorize authors to directly submit manuscripts under evaluation or already approved ones to SciELO Preprints. Manuscripts will be uploaded automatically if they meet the basic requirements or if they are approved after basic assessment by the editors of the manuscript’s area and will receive DOI identifiers assigned by SciELO Preprints.

15) Which journals can receive preprint submissions from SciELO Preprints? (2020/04/16 14:00)

Any journal. The journal of choice is of the preprint authors. However, it is a mandatory ethical norm for researchers to submit the preprint to a single journal until its final assessment. Preprints that are simultaneously submitted to more than one journal will be retracted by SciELO Preprints.

16) What happens when a preprint is published by a journal? (2020/07/06 11:00)

The preprint remains forever in SciELO Preprints, but when it is retrieved there is a link that points to the final article or the journal’s version of record.