Basic Requirements for Paper Submissions
Your paper is of interest to the Earth and Planetary Science community. Submissions related to Astronomy and Space Physics are outside the scope of EarthArXiv. Submissions related to Environmental Biology and Ecology with an Earth or Planetary Science perspective are welcome. If your paper is outside of the scope of EarthArXiv, please consider submitting to other, more suitable preprint servers such as arXiv, bioArxiv, paleoarXiv, MarXiv, etc.
Your paper contains a title, abstract, author names, and affiliations
At least one author must supply an email address for correspondence
Your paper clearly states that this is a non-peer reviewed preprint submitted to EarthArXiv,
or a post print of a published manuscript with the journal name and DOI clearly indicated. Authors have two options for supplying this information.
Include a coversheet listing the title, authors (with affiliations and email addresses), and a brief statement indicating the paper is a non-peer reviewed preprint submitted to EarthArXiv. If the preprint was submitted to a journal for peer review this should also be included in the coversheet statement where authors should list the name of the journal. If the submission is a postprint the journal in which it is published and the DOI should be included in the coversheet statement.
Alternatively, authors may choose to include a header on each page of the submission indentifying the paper as a non-peer reviewed EarthArXiv preprint or as a postprint. The header statement should also include the journal the paper was published in (or is under review in) when applicable.
All EarthArXiv metadata must be provided. For example, all authors listed on the paper must appear in the metadata, and at least one keyword must be selected for indexing purposes.
The paper must be written in English, as we cannot guarantee moderation of the content of non-English
Please submit your paper in PDF format
What does EarthArXiv accept?
The following types of articles are generally suitable:
Technical notes (e.g. new instrumentation or new analysis methods)
So-called ‘null’ results (i.e. results that do not support a hypothesis)
Dataset description papers
What does EarthArXiv not accept?
Papers reading as a personal attack, airing of grievances, or insulting to a group/class of people. Racist and derogatory language will not be tolerated
Papers without citations to established scientific literature (e.g. published, peer-reviewed articles or monographs; preprints intended for peer-reviewed publication; government reports; and publications from professional societies, such as field trip guides)
Commentaries and opinion pieces (i.e. an article that predominantly reflects the author’s opinion or beliefs on a given subject, typically framed in a provocative or controversial manner). Exceptions may be made for editorials or op-eds solicited by a particular journal.
Upon successfully completing moderation EarthArXiv agrees to publish your paper by
Assigning a DOI
Providing free online hosting of your paper as long as EarthArXiv is operational
EarthArXiv is not a journal and does not evaluate the scientific quality of a paper. Once a paper passes moderation and is published, it persists on the system indefinitely. Yet, EarthArXiv reserves the right to remove papers after publication if fraud or plagiarism is identified.
Fraud and Plagiarism
EarthArXiv takes fraud and plagiarism very seriously. Detection of fraud and plagiarism involve manual moderation, automated algorithms, and community feedback. Any claim of fraud or plagiarism will be granted a review by the Advisory Board. Should the Board deem fraud or plagiarism to have occurred, the paper will be immediately removed from EarthArXiv.
Many journals do not consider preprints to be prior publications; however, some still do. It is the responsibility of the authors to determine if submitting to EarthArXiv precludes them from simultaneous or subsequent submission to their journal of choice. The EarthArXiv Advisory Board is happy to help determine journal policies. However, determining future impacts of submitting to EarthArXiv is ultimately the responsibility of the authors.
EarthArXiv recommends the Sherpa/Romeo publisher copyright database as a good starting point for authors:
http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/index.php. However, we strongly encourage authors to check the specific copyright and sharing information provided by their journal of choice. Postprints will not be accepted if they are within the embargo period of the publishing journal. Embargo periods vary by publisher, journal, and country of corresponding author, and can be found on publisher’s websites and on SHERPA/RoMEO.
The submitting author must obtain permission from all co-authors prior to submission to EarthArXiv. Should EarthArXiv receive notice from a co-author that they did not authorize the publication of the preprint, the following steps will be taken:
Moderators will attempt to work with all authors on the paper to address the issue
If an agreement can be reached, we will continue publishing the original preprint or accept a new revised preprint – whichever the authors prefer to resolve the dispute
If no agreement can be reached, then EarthArXiv will be forced to remove the preprint
EarthArXiv supports scientific software development and citation. Yet, software papers often follow citation standards that differ from research and data papers. Rather than use EarthArXiv, we suggest the following approach
Place your code on GitHub
Go to Zenodo, which is a software DOI tool that tracks versions on GitHub. A new DOI is issued each time a new version of the software is released
Go to either Journal of Open Research Software or Journal of Open Source Software. Both journals encourage publication of high-level software overview reports
You will now have a citable “paper” detailing the software project at a high level plus individual DOIs for citing specific versions of the code as it evolves
If you really want a software paper on EarthArXiv such that Earth scientists can find it, then we recommend doing all the above plus writing up a short PDF with some Earth science examples showing off the utility. That EarthArXiv PDF would cite the Journal of Open Source Software report