Preprints under consideration at Nature Communications

Increasing transparency in peer review and rapid dissemination of research

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For over a year, Nature Communications has given authors the opportunity to publish referee reports to give the community more clarity on our internal review process (https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13626). To further increase the transparency of the peer review process and highlight our support of preprint servers and the role they play in the rapid dissemination of research findings, Nature Communications is trialling a new option for authors. From September 2017, authors can choose to include a link to a preprint of any paper of theirs that is being peer reviewed by the journal on a public list that is freely accessible without registration, provided the preprint has been deposited in a community-recognised preprint server. Authors that haven't already deposited their paper in a preprint server and would like to engage in the trial can post their paper once alerted to formal peer review by Nature Communications

We hope that by offering additional visibility to preprints that are under consideration in our journal, we will not only be able to accelerate the dissemination of potentially exciting science, but also complement our peer review process by promoting wider scrutiny of preprints and thus a more holistic review procedure. Preprint servers provide a means for scientists to solicit informal feedback on their work, and we anticipate that our authors will continue to take such feedback into account to strengthen their findings during the peer review process.

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