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The following is a general guide to authoring at SciPost. It does not replace our Journals' Terms and Conditions (which extend the general SciPost Terms and Conditions), and Editorial College by-laws which remain in force as official rules.
Before submitting to SciPost, you should familiarize yourself with the SciPost Journals Terms and Conditions.
We prefer authors to prepare their manuscript using the SciPost LaTeX2e style, which you can download as a gzipped tarball, composed of the following individual files:
While we also accept submissions in general LaTeX formats, using the SciPost style will simplify and accelerate production of the published version of your article in case of acceptance. If you are not using our template, please ensure the following:
Including the DOI is particularly important: the paper can only be published if references are externally linked.
All equations and references 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.
Submitting your manuscript to SciPost is extremely easy. You should:
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.
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, simply upload your new version to the arXiv. When this has appeared, you can then re-fill our Submission form. Our system will 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.
From your personal page, under the Submissions tab, you will find a Write to the Editor-in-charge link allowing you to do this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. We require your manuscript to be accessible to and seen by all interested parties worldwide, and the arXiv is the best channel for ensuring this.
The only case in which you don't need to re-upload to the arXiv 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.
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.