Preprints policy

  • Preprints are defined as an author’s version of a research manuscript before formal peer review at a journal, which is deposited on a public server.
  • Journal allows the authors to post their manuscripts on non-commercial preprint servers.
  • Preprints may be posted before submission to the journal or at any time during the peer-review process. We do not consider posting on a preprint server to be duplicate publication and this will not affect consideration for publication. However, we require that you acknowledge in the disclosure section of your manuscript that your manuscript is also available on (name of non-commercial preprint server).
  • Authors should not assign copyright during the preprint process; authors should retain the copyright of their work when posting to a preprint server. The journal will consider for publication submissions that have previously been assigned CC-BY (-NC/-NC-ND) as preprints.
  • Authors should disclose details of preprint posting, including DOI and licensing terms, upon submission of the manuscript to this journal.
  • Once the preprint is published, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure that the preprint record is updated with a publication reference, including the DOI and a URL link to the published version of the article on the journal website.