In Review

From Springer Nature and Research Square

See your manuscript’s review progress with our first-of-its-kind In Review service

Our commitment to openness and advancing discovery inspires us to think about how to help our authors in new ways. So, in October 2018, we added a new option for you when you submit to select Springer Nature journals. This new option, called In Review, brought to you by our partners at Research Square, gives you insight over your manuscript’s progress through peer review. Plus, you can share your submission as a preprint—along with the peer review timeline. In Review clearly links your manuscript to the journal reviewing it, while it’s in review. 

How can you participate?

It's simple! Just select the In Review option when you submit your next article to one of the participating journals.

Share your research—immediately

With In Review, you also get to share your research as a preprint—and you get all the benefits of early sharing. What makes In Review different from most other preprint services is that it directly links your preprint directly to the journal reviewing it, while it's being reviewed. 

With In Review you can:

  • Track the status of your manuscript, including when reviews have been received
  • Share your work early with funders and others as a preprint on Research Square in a citeable way while it is under review, and engage the wider community in discussion to help make your article even better including through the open annotation tool. And social sharing of your preprint is easy—every article page has social media buttons at the top
  • Demonstrate the integrity of your work with a transparent editorial checklist
  • Benefit from early sharing, such as more collaboration opportunities and earlier citations

Your peers 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. 

How will the peer review process differ if you opt in?

How your article will look on 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. 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.

The system will also immediately post a preprint of your manuscript to the In Review section of Research Square, where it will receive a citeable DOI. The community will be able to comment on, read, or cite your manuscript using the platform. 

You can see an example in the article to the left, and you can click through to see how it appears live.  

What can you expect after opting in?

1. Opt In

When you submit your article through the manuscript submission system you will get the chance to opt in to In Review. All coauthors must agree to post a preprint and participate in In Review

2. Editorial Checks

If you choose to opt in, your article will undergo some basic editorial checks before being sent to the In Review platform. 

3. Posting a Preprint

The system then converts your manuscript to html, assigns a DOI, and posts it as a preprint to the In Review section of Research Square, under a CC-BY license. At this point, it is made public—anyone can access this version. 

4. Email Notification

Once posted, you will receive a notification from Research Square to inform you that the paper is now available for viewing. This will include a link to your author dashboard, where you will be asked to create a password before logging in.

5. Author Dashboard

Your author dashboard will give you more information than is made available to readers, including a full peer review timeline, and sharing functionality.

6. Real Time Updates

As your paper progresses through the editorial process, your dashboard will provide you with real time information, such as when reviewers have been invited and accepted. You can also see community comments as they come in.

7. Final Decision

If your article is rejected, all information corresponding to the journal will be removed. Your original submission will remain available as a citable preprint and you are free to resubmit your work to another journal. If your manuscript has undergone open or transparent peer review, the peer review history will be published on the journal platform alongside the published article.

Still have more questions about In Review?

If you still have questions about what In Review can do for you or how it works, read our FAQ. 

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