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Submitting to a Preprint Service that Uses Moderation

Moderation is a tool that some preprint services use to determine content on preprint submissions. There are two types of moderation: pre-moderation and post-moderation. Moderators using pre-moderation will accept or reject preprints upon submission, while moderators using post-moderation will accept or reject preprints after they have already been submitted and made public.

Check a preprint service's submission guidelines (if available) in the footer to determine if your content is suitable for their service.

Pre-moderation

If you submit to a preprint service that uses pre-moderation, your preprint will be set to a pending status and will be made private upon submission. A moderator will then accept or reject your preprint. A moderator may provide feedback, and some may choose to be anonymous in which case their name will not be listed.  

Pending status

After you submit your preprint, a yellow banner will appear at the top of your preprint page with a "pending" status.

Your preprint will remain pending until a moderator has accepted or rejected your preprint.

To find your preprint when it's pending and private, sign in to the OSF, and click the My Projects tab in the navigation bar.

Then click All my preprints from the left sidebar menu. Click on your preprint name, and you will be taken to your preprint page.

Accepted status

If your preprint is accepted, you will receive an email notifying you of the decision.

There will be a green banner at the top of your preprint page with an "Accepted" status that is visible only to you and your contributors.

If the moderator has provided feedback, you will see a "Moderator feedback" button on the right side of the banner. Click this button, and the moderator's feedback will appear. Moderators may choose to be anonymous, in which case their name will not be listed.

Your preprint will be made public upon acceptance.

Rejected status

If your preprint is rejected, you will receive an email notifying you of the decision.

There will be a red banner at the top of your preprint page with a "Rejected" status.

If the moderator has provided feedback, you will see a "Moderator feedback" button on the right side of the banner. Click this button, and the moderator's feedback will appear. Moderators may choose to be anonymous, in which case their name will not be listed.

Your preprint will be removed from the preprint service upon rejection.

Post-moderation

If you submit to a preprint service that uses post-moderation, your preprint will be made public upon submission, after which a moderator will either reject or accept your preprint. There will be a "Pending" status at the top of your preprint that is visible only to you and your contributors. Although your preprint will be moderated after being made public, your preprint will still be subject to removal from the preprint service. Some moderators may provide feedback on your preprint while others may not. The moderator may choose to be anonymous in which case their name will not be listed.

Pending status

If you submit your preprint to a preprint service that uses post-moderation, a blue banner will appear at the top of your preprint page with a "pending" status.

Moderators will review your preprint and will either accept or reject it.

Accepted status

If your preprint is accepted, you will receive an email notifying you of the decision.

There will be a green banner at the top of your preprint page with an "Accepted" status.

If the moderator has provided feedback, you will see a "Moderator feedback" button on the right side of the banner. Click this button, and the moderator's feedback will appear. Moderators may choose to be anonymous, in which case their name will not be listed.

Your preprint will be made public upon acceptance.

Rejected status

If your preprint is rejected, you will receive an email notifying you of the decision.

There will be a red banner at the top of your preprint page with a "Rejected" status.

If the moderator has provided feedback, you will see a "Moderator feedback" button on the right side of the banner. Click this button, and the moderator's feedback will appear. Moderators may choose to be anonymous, in which case their name will not be listed.

Your preprint will be removed from the service upon rejection.