Authors must submit articles anonymously.
Their names are not visible to the suggested recommenders or to the reviewers evaluating the preprint. This makes it possible to have a double-blind evaluation of the preprint.
To submit a preprint anonymously:
- Use Zenodo or any other platform that allows you to generate a link with your preprint that is anonymized.
If you use Zenodo, please follow the steps below to anonymize your preprint:
- write "anonymous" in the 'title' field
- write "anonymous" in the 'author name' field
- write "anonymous" in the 'description' field
- Click on "open access".
- Use a PDF format.
2. If you have supplementary data, you can deposit your data, scripts and codes in Zenodo following the same anonymous process, or any other private web platform enabling you to do this.
3. Provide the URL links to your preprint and data/scripts/codes in the PCI submission form making sure these are anonymized.
4. Tick the box “I wish an anonymous submission.”
5. Indicate the names of all the authors in the submission form. Their names will be visible to the members of the managing board, but not to the suggested recommenders or reviewers.
6. Please ensure you do not indicate your name in the cover letter
When recommenders decide to take charge of the evaluation of a given preprint, they are provided with access to the names of the authors, which is essential to ensure that the reviewers invited to review the preprint have no conflict of interest with the authors. The invited reviewers and those agreeing to review the preprint do not see the names of the authors.
Your preprint must not be published or under consideration for evaluation elsewhere at the time of its submission to PCI Organization Studies. If your preprint is sent out for review by PCI Organization Studies, you are not permitted to submit it to a journal until the PCI Organization Studies evaluation process has been completed.
You cannot, therefore, submit your preprint to a journal before its rejection or recommendation by PCI Organization Studies.
Authors should have no financial conflict of interest (see a definition here) relating to the articles they submit. If you are unsure whether your article may be associated with financial conflicts of interest, please send an Email to email@example.com to ask for clarification.
Please note that:
- It can take up to 20 days before a recommender decides to handle your preprint and therefore to send it out for peer-review.
- The expected time for the recommender's decision based on the first round of peer-review is about 60 days.
- The evaluation of your preprint might take several rounds of review before the recommender take the final decision to reject or recommend your preprint.
Details about the evaluation & recommendation process can be found here.