Since the release of the ChemRxiv beta version in 2017, the support and usage of the free archive service for unpublished preprints in chemistry has increased tremendously. Since August 2019 the Chinese Chemical Society and the Chemical Society of Japan became co-owners of ChemRxiv, joining the founding societies the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the German Chemical Society.
Just recently the 10.000th preprint article has been uploaded to the archive. The most prevalent topics include:
- computational chemistry (2911 entries)
- organic chemistry (2142 entries)
- physical chemistry (2139 enties)
and many more…
Here are some useful tips in case you want to submit your preprint!
Or take a look at the ChemRxiv FAQ incase you have other questions.
Paul Ginsparg, who founded the preprint server arXiv 30 years ago, looks back and thinks about today’s role of preprints:
Paul Ginsparg: Lessons from arXiv’s 30 years of information sharing. Nature Reviews Physics (2021).
arXivLabs have added a new tab allowing researchers to publish code along with their paper. You can activate the Code tool on the arXiv abstract record page. It allows researchers to use and build upon the work quickly and easily. All data of articles with code is freely available and is licensed under CC-BY-SA.
Each ACS journal has a specific policy on publishing preprints. Details of the respective prior publication policies are available at
Authors are allowed to deposit an initial draft of their manuscript in a preprint service such as ChemRxiv or arXiv prior to submission to the following journals:
- ACS Catalysis
- ACS Central Science
- ACS Nano
- ACS Photonics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
- Nano Letters
Prior publication is not allowed:
- Accounts of Chemical Research
- Chemical Reviews
- Journal of the American Chemical Society
The ChemRxiv preprint server is open for submissions. It is now available in a fully functioning beta version. The American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and German Chemical Society (GDCh), as well as other not-for-profit groups and scientific publishers, gave support to create a place for chemists to share early results and data before formal peer review.
Authors can submit preprints in various file formats that will automatically assigned with a digital object identifier. ChemRxiv will also link the final published version of articles with preprints.
Elsevier launched its own chemistry preprint server named Chemistry Research Network (ChemRN) in August, too.