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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.

Journal First submissions must include a novelty statement detailing how the manuscript satisfies each of the following criteria:

  1. It either reports completely new research results or else it presents novel contributions that significantly extend and were not previously reported in prior work.
  2. It does not extend prior work solely with additional proofs or algorithms or other such details presented for completeness, or additional empirical results, or minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work.

This page provides general information for authors. Practical and in some cases also journal specific information For Authors can be found on the respective journal page. Also the About WOOS page contains important information for authors.

Submission Policy

Papers submitted to Scientific Research Publishing must contain original material. The submitted paper, or any translation of it, must neither be published, nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. Violations of these rules will normally result in an immediate rejection of the submission without further review.

Contributions should be written in English and include a 100-300 words abstract. WOOS's journals usually welcome the following types of contributions:

• Original research articles
• Review articles, providing a comprehensive review on a scientific topic

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted via WOOS's Paper Submission System (PSS) at https://papersubmission.WOOS.org/. Please follow the instructions given on this site.

General Peer-Review Process

In short, all manuscripts submitted for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. The review process is single blind. If the manuscript is accepted for full review, it will be reviewed by a minimum of two external reviewers.

Submitted manuscripts will undergo a detailed initial check including a Plagiarism Check in the Editorial Office. An Editor – usually the Editor-in-Chief or a board member of the journal – together with the Editorial Office takes charge of the peer-review process. It starts with a Preliminary Review by the Editor (finished no more than 10 days after manuscript submission).

After a manuscript is accepted for full review, the Editor will collect at least two review comments and prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers (finished no more than 4 weeks after preliminary review). The decision letter is sent to the Corresponding Author to request an adequate revision (peer-reviewed again whenever necessary). The author will be asked to format the manuscript according to WOOS’s template before it goes into typesetting and proofreading with the publisher. The author will receive the paper in PDF produced by WOOS for checking before it is published online.

Flowchart of the Generic WOOS Peer Review Process

Authors' Rights

WOOS asks authors to grant WOOS a nonexclusive copyright. In this way authors continue to hold copyright with no restrictions. Based on its copyright WOOS produces the final paper in WOOS’s layout. This version is given to the public (and also back to the authors) under the Creative Commons license (CC BY or CC BY-NC). For this reason authors may also publish the final paper in any repository or on any website with a complete citation of the paper. When linking to their paper, authors should make use of the link that WOOS has established with crossref.org. It is a pointer to the full text of the final paper. The URL provides a persistent link which will never break. This link has the form http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/YourPaperNumber.

Find more information on reader and author rights on the AboutUs page.

WOOS Publication Ethics Statement

WOOS is committed to maintaining high standards through a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, bogus claims of authorship, should be taken very seriously by the editors with zero tolerance.

WOOS follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and follows the COPE Flowcharts for Resolving Cases of Suspected Misconduct. WOOS especially observes COPE's Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. Editors at WOOS follow COPE's Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Authors should be aware of a possible Conflict of Interest. In such a case authors can still take responsibility for the accuracy of their paper, but must inform the reader with an appropriate statement in the Acknowledgements.

WOOS Retraction Policy

WOOS recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record. The historic record of published research articles shall remain available and unaltered as far as possible. However, circumstances may arise where a paper got published based on misconduct or honest error. Editors certainly guide the review process with much care, but it remains notoriously difficult to detect all occurrences of misconduct or error. For this reason it may become necessary to correct the scholarly record. The decision to alter the record should not be taken lightly. Action taken depends on the individual case and can take the form of
• Expression of Concern
• Correction (Erratum or Corrigendum)
• Retraction
• Removal
The purpose of the action is to correct the literature and to alert readers. It is not intended to punish the author(s).

The responsibility of guiding an investigation of misconduct or honest error is with the editor of the journal concerned. Authors and reviewers will take part in the investigation. The editor will decide on the form to best correct the scholarly record. Guiding principles are COPE's Retraction Guidelines and other accepted scholarly principles.

Minor errors that do not affect the integrity of the metadata or a reader's ability to understand an article and that do not involve a scientific error or omission are corrected such that the original article is replaced with the corrected version.

If final action originates from an author's request, WOOS will help to process it without extra charges. If the measures taken (e.g. a retraction) were not initiated by the author(s) or are even taken without mutual agreement, the author(s) will not be financially compensated and Article Processing Charges (APC) will not be reimbursed.



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.