1) Q: What did ACS announce regarding a preprint server?
A: ACS announced August 10, 2016 that the Society intends to establish ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server to promote early research sharing.
2) Q: What is a preprint?
A: Generally speaking, a preprint is a freely accessible preliminary communication that contains new research findings and data not yet published in a peer-reviewed outlet, such as a journal.
3) Q: Is there a fee to submit or read a preprint?
A: At this time, we do not anticipate submission fees at launch. The preprint server is freely available for all interested readers around the world.
4) Q: Who will determine how ChemRxiv will operate and the specific details?
A: ACS will engage in a broad consultation to help shape the scope, governance and operating principles for ChemRxiv as a collaborative endeavor. We anticipate this consultative analysis and discussion will help us determine the specific requirements for preprints submissions and handling at ChemRxiv. ACS is also prepared to leverage existing processes of engagement with stakeholders that we utilize for new journal launches in order to ensure that ChemRxiv has community involvement and engagement.
5) Q: Will the ACS launch the preprint server alone or with partners?
A: ACS invites interested parties to become potential co-organizers and sponsors to help shape the service ahead of its anticipated launch. Interested parties should reach out to Darla Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) Q: Will ChemRxiv be a regional or global service?
A: ChemRxiv will be open to all interested authors for submissions and will be available globally to all interested readers.
7) Q: What are the benefits of a chemistry preprint server to authors?
A: A chemistry preprint server enables researchers working across diverse areas of inquiry to share early results and data with their scientist colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication, to elicit informal feedback from other scientists to help in shaping their work, to allow authors the option of establishing priority, and to advance the paces of scientific discovery and dissemination.
8) Q: Now that ACS is planning to launch a chemistry preprint server, will all ACS journal editors allow the submission of preprints to the journal?
A: ACS Editors were engaged in early discussions regarding ChemRxiv, and many have provided encouraging feedback. The editorial decision-making regarding accepting preprints as a submission for publication in a journal lies with each journals’ Editor. Each Editor will be reviewing his/her policy, consulting with his/her editorial team, and making necessary adjustments (if any) as the launch of ChemRxiv advances. Note: The ACS Journals Publishing Agreement already allows authors to post submitted versions of their works for non-commercial purposes, provided it does not violate the ACS Ethical Guidelines to the Publication of Chemical Research, that authors include a statement pointing to the final published article (if accepted for publication), and that the journal editor agrees that this does not constitute prior publication.
9) Q: Why is there a need for a chemistry-specific preprint server? Can’t chemists utilize arXiv or bioRxiv?
A: 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 field and their needs.