engrXiv accepts all types of manuscript, including but not limited to systematic reviews, hypotheses, ‘negative’ results, and data and methods papers. We publish two major types of article: (1) Preprints of articles in parallel to traditional journal submissions. (2) Previously published articles that you wish to make Open Access. Note that preprint publication does not replace publishing with journals, and we recommend authors to use the SHERPA/RoMEO service to check journal preprint policies. All submissions will go through a basic moderation process to check for conformation with these guidelines, as described below. All preprints can be updated with the postprint version or author-accepted manuscript. Please check for journal compliance and embargo periods where needed.
Please note that preprints are not formally peer reviewed. When re-using them, and especially when citing, this status should be clearly marked. Please exercise the same care and judgment you would use for any research output when it comes to the re-use of preprints. We strongly encourage community interaction through commenting and sharing of preprints.
engrXiv accepts scholarly work from across the engineering field, broadly defined, that is plausibly categorized and for which authors are correctly identified, and which authors have the legal right to share. We do not assess the quality of the work or verify copyright status. The appearance of work is an invitation to the public and scholarly community to share, review, discuss, and evaluate it (and its linked or associated research materials); acceptance is not a statement about research quality or copyright status. engrXiv thus empowers individuals, communities, and institutions to develop their own criteria, announcements, journals, lists, and analyses of scholarly work.
engrXiv accepts papers at any stage of the publication process. We moderate papers that are submitted to the service before they appear publicly, which is called “pre-moderation” on the Open Science Framework platform. To learn more about how this moderation works on our system, visit this page from our hosts. Subject to volume demands, we expect to review each paper submitted for moderation within 3 business days.
The engrXiv moderation process accepts papers that:
Are scholarly content. This includes original research, reviews, essays, critiques and comments on other work. Work on engrXiv is either research or engages with research.
Are in a research area that we support. We accept work in the broad spectrum of engineering disciplines.
Are plausibly categorized. We allow authors to select their own categories from our subject taxonomy, but check whether there are obvious errors or categorizations that lack plausibility.
Comply with copyright law. Authors are obligated to share only that work they have the right to share. Actively affirming this is part of the submission process for each paper uploaded. We are not responsible for screening or reviewing content with regard to copyright status. Claims of copyright infringement should be sent to the Center for Open Science in accordance with their policy, which is here.
Are in languages that we can moderate. We welcome work submitted in any language and will do our best to review it adequately according to our policy. As described in our FAQ, we ask that non-English submission include an English title and abstract.
Work will be reviewed by a moderator before appearing publicly on engrXiv. If something is rejected, the moderator will include a description of the reason. Work that does not pass moderation will remain on the OSF platform but will not be identified as part of engrXiv. Authors are free to resubmit such work after addressing the issues raised by the moderator. Authors also may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss or appeal a rejection.
Preprints hosted on engrXiv are part of the scholarly record. Preserving the scholarly record is our obligation to the scholarly community. In most circumstances, editing the preprint to upload a new version or to edit the metadata is the preferred course of action. If the author withdraws a preprint prior to moderator acceptance, the preprint will be immediately removed from the moderation queue and will leave no public record. If the preprint has already been posted publicly, after moderator approval of the submission, withdrawal then requires moderator approval and will only be granted under extenuating circumstances. The requestor must provide a reason for requesting withdrawal, which will be considered by the moderator and made public if approved by the moderator. If approved, the preprint file will no longer be available. However, basic metadata including the title, authors, and the reason for withdrawal submitted by the corresponding author will remain public.
Authors who post papers on engrXiv are notified, at the final point of submission, that “the preprint file cannot be deleted, but it can be updated or modified.” Authors also are required to confirm that all contributors have agreed to share the paper, and that they have the right to share it. (All co-authors have the same rights to distribute a copyrighted work, unless a subsequent agreement has intervened, so an objection to the posting by a co-author is not the basis for removal.)