ChemRxiv announces streamlined submission of research for journal peer review

30 Nov 2018
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2018 — Now in its second year of successfully sharing research findings openly with the global chemistry community, ChemRxiv today announced Direct Journal Transfer, a new feature that will help authors submit their posted preprints to established journals for editorial consideration and peer review. This feature, which is now available on the ChemRxiv website, currently enables direct submission to journals published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the German Chemical Society (GDCh), including ChemPubSoc Europe (CPSE) journals. Those ChemRxiv founder society partners welcome other interested scientific publishers to inquire about adoption of ChemRxiv's Direct Journal Transfer capability for their journals.

Since its inception in 2017, ChemRxiv has attracted more than 800 original preprints from authors across 40 different countries. Global readers have responded in kind, with preprints read more than 800,000 times over the last year. Many of these preprints have evolved into full research publications appearing in prominent journals, including ACS Central Science, Angewandte Chemie, Chemical Science, Nature and Science, underscoring the excellent quality of the research being posted to ChemRxiv. Direct Journal Transfer will further enhance the utility of ChemRxiv by facilitating the integration of editorial peer review across publishers and their journal delivery platforms.
"After a strong inaugural year, we are delighted by the global chemistry community's response to and participation in ChemRxiv," says Marshall Brennan, Ph.D., publishing manager for ChemRxiv. "Given the rapid pace of scientific discovery, it is vital that we continue to improve the researcher experience. Our goal with Direct Journal Transfer is to ensure that potential high-impact research findings posted to ChemRxiv can be swiftly forwarded for formal peer review and editorial evaluation at respected journals in a fashion that reduces workloads for busy scientific authors."

ChemRxiv contains an easy-to-use preprint submission system powered by Figshare. Most preprints are openly available within 1-2 business days, which allows submissions to be vetted for plagiarism and compliance with the site's scientific guidelines prior to their uploading. From within ChemRxiv, authors now can use Direct Journal Transfer to select a preprint from their online profile and then forward the file(s) to a journal for review and possible publication. Upon that transfer, the respective journal will contact authors for any additional details required to progress the submission through peer review.

ChemRxiv preprints have unique digital object identifiers (known as DOIs) and are indexed by CrossRef, Chemical Abstract Services and Google Scholar. With Direct Journal Transfer now enabled for research journals of ACS, RSC and GDCh, participation in ChemRxiv makes it easy for authors to choose from a range of leading chemistry journals published by those scientific societies when seeking to publish their work. Upon journal publication, ChemRxiv preprints contain a link directing readers to the final published version of record at the official journal site, thus ensuring that future research is built upon the scientific integrity of that peer-reviewed information.


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