The following is a quick summary guide to authoring at SciPost.
It is not meant to replace our official rules and other helpful pages, which you will find in the Useful links box next to this menu (authors must read the SciPost and Journals Terms and Conditions).
There are no fees for submitting or publishing in any of our Journals.
On this page:
- ... where you will find info on:
- Editorial Colleges
- Our Colleges and their Editorial Fellows
- Editorial College by-laws
- Official rules for all our editorial workflows
- Journals Terms and Conditions
- Expectations, Open Access policy, license and copyright, author obligations, referee code of conduct, corrections and retractions
- SciPost Terms and Conditions
- General terms and conditions pertaining to ownership, license to use, contributions, impermissible uses, etc.
- Author guidelines
- A simple guide on how to proceed as an author
- Refereeing procedure
- More details about submission procedure and refereeing protocols
- Referee guidelines
- A simple guide on how (if you are a referee) to act professionally, and (if you are an author) react constructively
Available template formats
Office Open XML (.docx) click here to download the templateArticles should be 6000 to 12000 words in length.
The article should contain the following elements:
The title should ideally fit in two lines (approximately 150 characters) or less, and be descriptive of the research reported.
Authors should be listed by initials and last name, with superscript reference to their affiliation. The corresponding author should be indicated with a superscript asterisk.
The abstract should preferably fit within 8 lines of the template (about 200 words).
- Bulk Sections
The bulk of the paper should be clearly divided into sections with short descriptive titles, including an introduction and a conclusion.
- Figures, images and tables
If figures/images/tables are included, they should be appropriately labeled and accompanied by a descriptive caption. Creative figures/artist's impressions are to be avoided; technical drawings and scientifically accurate representations are on the other hand most welcome.
Acknowledgements should follow immediately after the conclusion.
- Author contributions
This is optional. If desired, contributions should be succinctly described using author initials.
- Funding information
Authors are required to provide funding information, including relevant agencies and grant numbers with linked author's initials.
- Competing/conflicting interests
If applicable, authors should provide details on competing and/or conflicting interests.
Extra material which goes beyond the paper's bulk contents can be provided in appendices, which should be labeled using capital letters.
- Supplementary Material
You should make supplementary material (data, experimental details, analyses, code and similar) openly available, most appropriately by depositing those in institutional or public repositories. In your paper, please list the items together with the link pointing to where they are hosted.
Items in the list of references should include authors, title, journal reference and most importantly include the DOI link (see the template above for an example).
All elements in your paper (equations, references, tables, figures etc) should be hyperlinked to ensure ease of navigation.
There is no strict length limitation, but the authors are strongly encouraged to keep contents to the strict minimum necessary for peers to reproduce the research described in the paper.
To submit an article for publication in a SciPost Journal, you must:
- Prepare your manuscript following the Manuscript preparation instructions above
- Submit using one of two pathways: via a preprint server, or directly to SciPost:
Submit via a preprint server (the recommended route)We encourage you to embrace preprint culture: it greatly increases the visibility of your manuscript among your peers. Depending on your academic field, you can consider the following servers:
- Physics, Astonomy, Mathematics, Computer Science: arXiv.org
- Biology: bioRxiv
- Chemistry: ChemRxiv
- Social Sciences: SocArXiv
- Please include a statement as "Submission to SciPost" in the Comments
Submit directly to SciPostIn this case, simply fill the Submission form, providing all the required data. You might prefer using this pathway for a resubmission.
By submitting your manuscript, you assert that you have read and agree with the SciPost Journals Terms and Conditions.
At the moment of submission, you will have the chance to provide names of editors or referees which you would prefer to exclude from the peer evaluation of your manuscript. The Editorial College will make every reasonable effort to implement such requests, except in cases where this is interpreted as interfering with a rigorous assessment of the work.
The refereeing phase
First, you should make sure you are familiar with our open peer-witnessed refereeing procedure.
Second, it is also wise to understand what we ask and expect from our referees, which is best summarized in our referee guidelines, which also includes some information about how, as an author, you should react to submitted Reports.
To resubmit your manuscript, please follow the resubmission link (from your personal page, as corresponding author). Our system will then automatically recognize your new version as a resubmission of your earlier manuscript.
Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will receive an email informing you of this fact, and your submission will be directly sent to our production team who will produce the first version of the proofs. Once you will have accepted these proofs (possibly after a number of iterations), we will publish your paper online with its own DOI, and will deposit its metadata to the relevant registration agencies.
Frequently asked questions
I need to get in touch with the Editor-in-charge. How do I do that?
From your personal page, under the Submissions tab, you will find a Write to the Editor-in-charge link allowing you to do this.
My submission has been sitting in pre-screening for longer than 5 days. What is happening?
We strive to keep the pre-screening process to under 5 days. SciPost is still growing; since the number of Fellows we have (and their availability) in each specialty varies, it can be that pre-screening lasts a bit longer. Our Editorial Administration does its best to minimize delays, and will get in touch with you if these become too big. If you are concerned, email us.
Can I invite people to referee my paper?
Yes, you can do that, in multiple ways. First of all, upon submission, you can provide a list of suggested referees. Second, remember that our peer-witnessed refereeing procedure, besides using invited Reports, also accepts contributed ones (namely: Reports coming from registered Contributors, but who were not specifically invited by the Editor-in-charge). You can thus self-invite potential referees to deliver a Report on your paper. Note however that our strict referee conflict-of-interest rules have to be obeyed.
The refereeing on my paper is taking longer than expected. What can I do to help?
Our team is doing its best to make sure Reports are delivered on time, by sending regular reminders to referees. It can however remain a challenge to ensure timely responses, and it can happen that the process takes longer than planned. You can at any time get in touch with the Editor-in-charge (see above) to enquire about the status or suggest new referees.
A Report has come in. Do I have to answer it?
Not necessarily. You should only feel that you have to provide an Author Reply to a given Report if the latter contains questions which you can directly answer, or statements which you would specifically like to respond to.
I have prepared a new version. Where should I put my list of changes?
When filling the resubmission form, you will be able to provide the list of changes which you have implemented in your manuscript. This is the most appropriate place for such a list.
That said, you might also find it useful to provide a list of changes directly as an Author Reply to the Report which has asked for or suggested these changes. As an author, you can decide what best suits your needs, and what the community can best benefit from.
Do I need to re-upload to a preprint server for each resubmission?
Ideally, yes, but we actually do not enforce this. We prefer your manuscript to be accessible to and seen by all interested parties worldwide, and the relevant preprint server is the best channel for ensuring this.
The only case in which you don't need to re-upload to the relevant preprint server is when your manuscript has been accepted, and the (hopefully very minor) last modifications can be implemented by our production team during the proofs stage.
How long does the Editorial College take to do its voting?
In simple cases, it is usually possible to gather the relevant votes within one week. If a discussion ensues within the College, the voting period can sometimes take longer. If you are concerned with the status of your submission, you can email us.