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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

ScholarChain considers for publication in our journals articles that:

1. Report original science and add significantly to research already published
2. Are of interest to the community
3. Are scientifically rigorous
4. Have sound motivation and purpose
5. Have not been published previously in the peer reviewed literature
6. Are not under consideration for publication in any other peer reviewed journal or book available through a library or by purchase
7. Comply with our preprint pre-publication policy (see below), and
8. Comply with our ethical policy.

It is particularly important for you to consider whether you have enough new results before starting to plan and write a paper for submission to an WOS journal. Reporting incremental steps forward from previous work is usually not sufficient.

Articles based on theses for higher degrees may be submitted. You should take care to ensure that such articles are prepared in the format of a research paper, which is more concise than is appropriate for a thesis.

Articles reporting work that was originally presented at a conference may be submitted, provided these articles do not appear in substantially the same form in a peer reviewed, published conference proceeding. Again, you should ensure the format of a research paper is used. The article length should also be appropriate to the content.  In case of doubt, please enquire with the relevant journal.

Reports that are not available to the general public are not regarded by WOS as prior publications. Many journals published by WOS consider a range of different article types in addition to regular research papers, including special issue articles, topical reviews, comments and replies. However, please check via the journal homepage that your article is of an acceptable article type and suitable scope before submission.

All articles are judged solely on their scientific merits. Unbiased consideration is given to all manuscripts offered for publication, regardless of whether or not the authors request publication on a gold open access basis and regardless of the race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy, sexual orientation, age or reputation of the authors.

We treat all submitted articles as confidential until they are published and they will only be shared with those referees, board members, editors and WOS staff who are directly involved in the peer review of the article.


Accelerated Publication

If time is critical in your publishing strategy, our accelerated publication options can help you get your research into a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal, fast.

Choose accelerated publication to:

  • coordinate your publishing schedule with conferences, drug approvals, and drug launches,
  • keep competitive advantage by getting your discoveries to market quickly,
  • and speed up the peer review process without sacrificing quality or rigour.

Read on to find out if accelerated publication is the right choice for you.

Our expert editorial team are here to help if you have any questions or would like pre-submission guidance.

How quickly is an article published with accelerated publication?

For many journals there are two options for accelerated publication:

Fast Track takes 3-5 weeks from submission to online publication.

Rapid Track takes 7-9 weeks from submission to online publication.

These timelines rely on authors making revisions and returning required paperwork on schedule.

We can meet these tight turnaround times by putting additional resources into monitoring and administering peer review and production processes.

How does accelerated publication work?

First, you need to select which journal you want to submit your article to.

Browse the full list of journals accepting submissions with accelerated publication. The list includes many journals indexed in the Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Google Scholar.

Once you have decided on a journal, visit its homepage on  Web of Open Science Online where you will find the Instructions for Authors, and the specific information about accelerated publication submissions for that journal.

Once you have submitted your manuscript, it will start its journey through either the Fast Track or Rapid Track process.

Fast Track

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Rapid Track

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Ensuring quality

Acceptance of articles in all journals offering accelerated publication is driven entirely by editorial considerations and independent peer review, ensuring the highest standards are maintained no matter the route to publication.

Authors are only charged if their paper is accepted; there is no charge for using the service if the paper is rejected. We reserve the right to a partial charge if the author withdraws their paper.