ChemRxiv Beta Now Online

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.

Collaborative LaTeX Editors

Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool. You can use a free version with storage space up to 1GB and you find a whole string of templates for different publishers.

ShareLaTeX is an online and collaborative LaTeX editor. The free version includes only one collaborator.

Mandating the Use of ORCID

The most important scientific publishers in physics and chemistry encourage researchers to register with ORCID. They collect ORCIDs in their manuscript submission and peer review systems and some include ORCIDs in the articles themselves.

Only some journals require an ORCID. But others will follow. When submitting a paper to a journal of the American Chemical Society corresponding authors are required to provide their own personal ORCID before completing the submission process. SpringerNature is running a six-month trial to mandate ORCIDs for authors publishing across 46 of their journals (e.g. Nature Chemistry; Nature Physics).

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a non-profit organization which aims to establish a registry for author identificaton as the de facto standard like the ISBN for books or the DOI for online publications.

Benefits of having an ORCID:

  • solves the name ambiguity problem (name equivalence, change of name, different spelling)
  • associates your scientific output (articles, datasets and others) with your biography
  • updates your publication list in your ORCID profile automatically – you can enable automatic updates from data providers, e.g. CrossRef, Scopus, ResearcherID – Web of Science
  • simplifies communication, e.g. for grant submissions, article submissions or meeting registrations

Introduction to ORCID

Brown, Josh: ORCID: an introduction, Presentation at the 1. ORCID DE Outreach Workshop. Potsdam, Germany, October 25, 2016

Vierkant, Paul: ORCID in Deutschland – Stand und Perspektive, 1. ORCID DE-Webinar: ORCID – eine Einführung für wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen (Potsdam 2017)