Format-Free Submission

When you publish with us you can upload your research in any standard format, including Word, rich text format (rtf), open document format (odt).
We work to increase the openness and accessibility of your research and make the publishing process as simple as possible.
Web of Open Science has an open and progressive approach to research at all stages of the research process.
  • We are committed to publishing all research that is sound and valid, including negative research and replication studies.
  • The aim is to open up more opportunities and aid accessibility for all readers.
  • All WOOS articles include a Public Interest Statement to help readers easily understand and engage with research.
  • Your research can be submitted ‘format-free’ and our Production team take care of the formatting for you.

Getting Started

Review the quick checklist below to begin preparing your submission.

This will help ensure that your submission is complete and gets handled as quickly as possible. 

✔ Make sure your manuscript is a good fit for WOOS

Read the criteria for publication and journal scope for information on what we publish.

WOOS does not consider presubmission inquiries. 

✔ Identify potential editors

See the list of Editorial Board members to identify those who might be a good match for your research. You will enter this information in the submission form. 

✔ Read journal policies

Review the editorial and publishing policies to understand the requirements that apply to your submission.

✔ Prepare funding and competing statements

Read our policies on disclosure of funding sources  and competing interests.

✔ Prepare your data

Remember to deposit your data in an appropriate data repository, or format and submit it as Supporting Information. Be ready to provide a Data Availability Statement. Read our policy on data availability.

✔ Confirm the author list

Do you have the following information for all authors listed on the manuscript?

  • Full names, including initials if used
  • Affiliations
  • Email address
  • Any potential competing interests
  • Funding information
  • Author contributions
  • Order of authors

Make sure the corresponding author has an ORCID iD and all authors are aware of the submission. Read more about preparing the author list.

✔ Read our style and format guidelines

Read the submission guidelines for information about manuscript style and format.

Additional guidance is available for the following:

  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Supporting Information

Refer to our sample files to check that your submission meets our formatting requirements:

✔ Check that your study follows appropriate reporting guidelines

Read more about recommended reporting guidelines for different study types.

✔ Read the license agreement

WOOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.

You must be prepared to sign the license agreement on behalf of all the authors. Read our licenses and copyright policy. 

✔ Prepare funding and competing statements

Read our policies on disclosure of funding sources and competing interests.

✔ Consider posting a preprint

WOOS encourages authors to post preprints as a way to accelerate the dissemination of research. Authors of manuscripts in the life sciences can take advantage of our partnership with bioRxiv to post a preprint as part of the WOOS submission process. All authors can provide a DOI for previously posted preprints at the repository of their choice.

✔ Access the submission system

Submit new manuscripts in the online submission system.

If you are a new user, click Register Now to create an account. If you are having trouble accessing an existing account, click Login Help or email the journal.

Publication Policies


Copyright Policy

Copyrights for articles are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal/publisher. Authors have rights to reuse, republish, archive, and distribute their own articles after publication. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. Authors shall permit the publisher to apply a DOI to their articles and to archive them in databases and indexes such as EBSCO, DOAJ, and ProQuest.

Open-access Policy

We follow the Gold Open Access way in journal publishing. This means that our journals provide immediate open access for readers to all articles on the publisher’s website. The readers, therefore, are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, link to the full texts or use them for any other lawful purpose. The operations of the journals are alternatively financed by fees/charges paid by authors or by their institutions or funding agencies.

All articles published are open-access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license .

With The Understanding That:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get explicit permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  • Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • The author's and publisher's moral and intellectual rights;
    • Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
  • Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

Advantages of Open Access for Authors

The High Availability and Visibility of our open access articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the Internet. Everyone can freely access and download the full text of all articles published with WOOS: readers of open access journals, i.e., mostly other researchers, do not need to pay any subscription or pay-per-view charges to read articles published by WOOS. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.

The Higher Citation Impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability. Open access publications are demonstrably more frequently cited.

Lower Publishing Costs: Open access publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors' institutes or research funding agencies. The cost of handling and producing an article is covered through the one-time payment of an article processing charge (APC) for each accepted article. The APCs of open access publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper earned by traditional, subscription-based publishers. WOOS's article processing charge (APC) is the same, irrespective of article length, because we wish to encourage publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details.

Faster Publication in WOOS's open access journals is achieved by online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in WOOS journals than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals are 

Submission Policy

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities responsible where the work was carried out. However, we accept submissions that have previously appeared on preprint servers (for example: arXiv, bioRxiv, Nature Precedings, Philica, Social Science Research Network, and Vixra); have previously been presented at conferences; or have previously appeared in other “non-journal” venues (for example: blogs or posters). Authors are responsible for updating the archived preprint with the journal reference (including DOI) and a link to the published articles on the appropriate journal website upon publication.

The publisher and journals have a zero-tolerance plagiarism policy. We check the issue using two methods: a plagiarism prevention tool (iThenticate) and a reviewer check. All submissions will be checked by iThenticate before being sent to reviewers.

We insist a rigorous viewpoint on the self-plagiarism. The self-plagiarism is plagiarism, as it fails to contribute to the research and science.

Deposit Policy / Archiving Policy

We follow Sherpa/Romeo's green archiving policy. Both pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF can be archived, without restrictions.

Waiver Policy

We charge authors a fee for each article they publish. The charges vary from journal to journal; please find the exact amount required on the journal's webpage. This fee helps the open-access journals to cover their operational expenses. To avoid confusion and ensure fairness among customers, we do not waive or reduce fees/charges to anyone, including the editorial board member and the author of the special issue.

Refund Policy

We implement a reasonable refund policy based on the publishing status.

  • Fully refund: online version is unpublished
  • Half refund: online version is published and print version is unpublished
  • No refund: both the online and print version are published

Submission Preparation


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.

- Please read the Author Guide before you submit a manuscript.

- 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 Microsoft Word file format.

- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guide.

- Add DOIs and persistent links to those references that have DOIs, please see the Author Guide.

- If the paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an article processing charge (formatting and hosting).

- Copyrights for articles published in this journal are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author's responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.

Please find more general information for authors on the page: Information for Authors.