Frequently asked questions
What is In Review?
Powered by Research Square and developed in partnership with Springer Nature, In Review aims to open up the peer review process to authors and beyond. The first service of its kind, In Review will provide authors with on-demand access to the status of their manuscript on a more granular level, including number of reviewers invited, number of reports received, and immediate access to reviewer reports. In Review will also allow authors to showcase their work to funders and others and to engage the wider community for comment and collaboration while their manuscript is under review, allowing authors to benefit from early sharing, including potential earlier citations and collaboration opportunities.
Why is Springer Nature offering In Review and what is the benefit to the community and to authors?
Experimenting with new initiatives to improve the peer review process and to advance research has been something we have long championed at Springer Nature. Through In Review we aim to give added visibility to potentially significant science that is being considered for publication and to encourage wider involvement by the community. We anticipate this early sharing will help authors to strengthen their manuscripts as well as spur collaboration opportunities.
By using In Review authors will be able to:
- Showcase their work to funders and others in a citeable way while it is under review and engage the wider community in discussion to improve their article (including through the Hypothesis open annotation tool)
- Track the status of their manuscript on a more granular level—including number of reviewers invited, and number of reports received.
- Demonstrate the integrity of their work with a transparent editorial checklist
- Benefit from early sharing, such as more collaboration opportunities and earlier citations.
The wider research community will be able to:
- Comment on/see emerging science in full html format
- Find new discoveries with fully-indexed search
- Note which editorial checks the manuscript has already passed
- Gain insight into the peer review pipeline of particular manuscripts at the given journals.
What journals are currently using In Review?
The journals are BMC Anesthesiology, BMC Neurology, BMC Ophthalmology, and Trials. New journals will be added soon.
What does it mean if I opt in to In Review?
The reviews and editor communications will continue through the Editorial Manager site as usual. You can use In Review to access up to date information on where your article is in the peer review process at a granular level (eg, number of reviewers invited, number of reviewers agreed). In addition, others will be able to follow the status of your manuscript during peer review, such as whether it is “out for review” or the number of reviewer reports received.
Your manuscript will also be posted immediately to In Review and will receive a citeable DOI. The community will be able to comment on, read, or cite your manuscript using the platform. Authors could take any substantive comments into account during the peer review process in order to strengthen their findings.
Please note that whether or not you opt in to this service will not affect the ultimate decision on whether your manuscript is accepted. However, if you do decide to opt in, the journal Editor may choose to take community comments into account.
Will the editor take into consideration any comments made on my manuscript on In Review?
Editors may choose to take commenting through the Research Square platform into consideration. As with traditional review, they will rely on reviewers with field expertise in forming their decision.
Does my decision to participate have any impact on the editorial decisions made by the journal?
Opting in or not will have no effect on the ultimate decision on whether your manuscript is accepted.
How do I submit a revised version of my article to In Review?
To submit a revision, you will need to submit through Editorial Manager. In Review only posts versions of your manuscript currently being considered by the journal.
Can I post my manuscript on a preprint server as well?
When you post to a preprint server you retain full copyright over your article, and you are therefore free to post it in as many places as you like. However, having more than one version in different places could reduce the usage counts and metrics obtained here and on other sites, and may cause confusion to some readers.
How are submission to In Review checked before posting?
Submissions to In Review undergo a quality control check. These include checking for:
- Third party rights
- Data availability
- Ethics approval
- Trial registration
- Competing interests
- Funding information.
Is there a charge for participating in In Review?
There is no charge for participating in In Review
What will happen to my manuscript on Research Square if my article is rejected from the journal I submitted to?
If your article is rejected, all information corresponding to the journal will be removed, leaving only the article and any revisions that have been submitted. You are free to send the link to this version to other journals as part of a future submission.
Are there any drawbacks to participating in In Review?
While we encourage deposition of preprints, please note that it may not be possible for us to undertake media promotion of your work at publication as it may not be possible for us to apply an embargo to your article. Further information on our pre-publicity policy is available here (http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/confidentiality.html). This may also affect your institution’s press office.