Accepted manuscripts FAQ
What are accepted manuscripts?
Accepted manuscripts are articles that have been published prior to technical editing, formatting and proof reading. All accepted manuscripts have been through the peer review process at the Royal Society of Chemistry and have been accepted for publication.
In what format does an accepted manuscript appear?
Accepted manuscripts appear online as a PDF file. An accepted manuscript is published in the format in which it is received from the author. Any supplementary material will be available as a separate file(s).
How does an accepted manuscript appear in the online article listing?
Accepted manuscripts are listed in the 'recent articles' tab of the journal homepage. The authors' names in this listing will appear in the form and the order in which they were entered into the journal's online submission system by the corresponding author. Once the advance article version is published, the names in the listing will appear as given in the manuscript.*
What files need to be supplied before acceptance?
Information about the required file formats will be supplied to the author at the same time as they receive the referees' comments on their manuscript. Submission using the Royal Society of Chemistry's article template is encouraged, but is not required. Where text and image files are received separately they will be collated for publication.
What happens to an article once it has been published as an accepted manuscript?
Once an article has been published as an accepted manuscript it will be edited and formatted by a team of professional editors. A proof of the prepared files will be sent to the corresponding author for them to check prior to publication in the final form. The accepted manuscript will be replaced by the fully edited, formatted and proof-read advance article as soon as this is available.*
Are accepted manuscripts the final scientific article of record?
The articles published as Accepted Manuscripts are not the final scientific version of record. The Advance Article version of the article represents the final scientific version of record.*
How do I cite an accepted manuscript?
Accepted manuscripts can be cited using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®), which is printed in the left-hand margin of each page of the manuscript. The DOI for each manuscript will be retained once the fully edited advance article is published, so that any citations to the accepted manuscript will link to the final version.*
Does an article have to be published as an accepted manuscript?
Authors have the opportunity to opt in to publication of their mansucript as an accepted manuscript at submission; the decision to publish in this form may be changed by the author at any point prior to acceptance. Therefore, not all articles will be published as an accepted manuscript.
When is the official publication date of a manuscript?
The official publication date of an article is the date when the accepted manuscript version is published.
Can an accepted manuscript be published before the Royal Society of Chemistry's Licence to Publish is completed?
A completed Licence to publish must be in place before an article can be published.
For further information about accepted manuscripts please contact the appropriate journal editorial office or our publishing customer services team.