Why don’t you have the answers to all our questions about ChemRxiv?

The ACS has recently announced our intention to organize and establish ChemRxiv. We would like to do so with partners and with the feedback of the community.  More information is therefore forthcoming as the plans for this server progress.

bioRxiv requires the author to give “appropriate credit” and cite the bioRxiv preprint. Is this checked by journals that accept bioRxiv articles?

We are in the process of working with our editorial and journal editorial staff on best practices to follow regarding citation of content on preprint servers. Scrutinizing such citations is the responsibility also of peer reviewers, as with any cited literature. 

Regardless of what the journal editor decides about accepting bioRxiv related articles, if an author deposited to bioRxiv, must the author pay for open access and creative commons options at the ACS?

No. The author is welcome to choose an open access option at ACS but not required to do so. If they do select an ACS AuthorChoice option, the relevant fee applies.  

Does whatever Creative Commons license the author selects on bioRxiv, including the no derivatives option, prevent the author from entering into a different license with ACS?

No. Creative Commons licenses are non-exclusive and do not transfer copyright. This means the author can enter into a different agreement with ACS. Anyone who uses the author’s work from the bioRxiv server must abide by the terms of that license and anyone who uses the author’s work from an … Continue reading “Does whatever Creative Commons license the author selects on bioRxiv, including the no derivatives option, prevent the author from entering into a different license with ACS?”

Will authors be allowed to make changes to a preprint once posted on ChemRxiv (e.g., is a preprint an evolving document)?

Although we have not yet determined the details of how this will work in practice for ChemRxiv (the preprint servers available handle this issue differently), we do know that preprints on ChemRxiv will be stamped with a receipt date and it will be clear to the user when and on … Continue reading “Will authors be allowed to make changes to a preprint once posted on ChemRxiv (e.g., is a preprint an evolving document)?”

Why is there a need for a chemistry-specific preprint server? Can’t chemists utilize arXiv or bioRxiv?

Chemistry is the central science. We believe each major discipline will ultimately have a discipline-specific preprint server. While we are engaged in efforts to find commonalities with arXiv, bioRxiv, and are considering leveraging common resources, we recognize that chemistry authors and readers would benefit from a space dedicated to their … Continue reading “Why is there a need for a chemistry-specific preprint server? Can’t chemists utilize arXiv or bioRxiv?”

Under what license will the preprints on ChemRxiv be made available?

The ACS is considering license options and their implications for the publishing process. We will engage with stakeholders to determine the most appropriate options and will have more information available soon.  

Aren’t there ACS technical divisions who currently provide preprints? What will happen to those services?

ACS has one active division provisioning Division Proceedings, which are sometimes referred to as preprints. ACS invites this technical division and other Divisions that recently produced proceedings to work alongside ACS staff to consider ways we might collaborate.  

Will there be any quality control on submissions to ChemRxiv?

ChemRxiv will exercise a basic level of review to ensure that the submission is scientific in nature, and that the submission does not contain inappropriate information. However, ChemRxiv will not submit the preprints to peer review, as a server of this nature is based on rapid dissemination, within 1 business … Continue reading “Will there be any quality control on submissions to ChemRxiv?”

If I want to post a preprint to ChemRxiv, will I have to submit my manuscript to ChemRxiv and to the respective ACS (or other publisher) journal?

ACS intends to provide an API within ChemRxiv that will allow the author to seamlessly transfer a preprint from ChemRxiv to the respective journal. The author will then need to complete the submission on the journal site, as additional information will be required.