How do I submit a preprint?

Modified on Tue, 14 May 2024 at 12:56 PM

From the Research Square website click a “Submit a Preprint” button.

Screenshot of Research Square website with the green "Submit a Preprint" button in upper right corner highlighted.


Enter your manuscript’s title and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Screenshot of Submit form with the manuscript title field and Terms and Conditions check box highlighted.


Login to your existing account or create an account if required.


Upload your manuscript file as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file by either dragging and dropping the file into the upload box or clicking on “browse” to locate the file on your computer.

Screenshot of the page where your manuscript can be uploaded.


Add your manuscript's basic information, including title, abstract, author information, figures, supplementary files, subject areas, keywords, and article type by selecting the edit icon in the top right hand side of each section. It is important to note that the information you put in these sections will be posted as part of your preprint exactly as you enter it.

Screenshot of example manuscript information form highlighting the pen icon in the upper right corner for editing.



Enter the primary institution information and select the “Save Institution” button.

Screenshot of the question asking the user to enter the primary institution information.


Click on the declaration statements that are in your manuscript. Please note that a statement of potential conflict of interests is required. Click on the “Submit” button.

Screenshot of the Submit section of the form. A checkbox is ticked next to the option indicating a "statement listing potential conflicts of interest or lack thereof is included in the text."

A pop-up window will appear to confirm that you want to post your preprint publicly and permanently. Select the “Proceed with my preprint” button.

A screenshot of the pop-up window seeking user confirmation to proceed.

Your draft will then show that your preprint has been submitted and is in the process of being prescreened by our team.Screenshot of the preprint submitted confirmation page.


After you submit your manuscript to Research Square, it will be checked by our editorial staff to ensure it meets our requirements for online posting. We will email you when your preprint is posted online and ready to be shared, typically within 24-48 hours. At that time, you will receive a DOI and a link to the public version of your preprint to share with others.

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