Frequently Asked Questions

What is a preprint?

A preprint is a non-peer reviewed version of a scholarly paper that is posted to an open access platform. A preprint is usually posted before, or at the same time, it is submitted to a journal to be peer reviewed.

Why do authors post preprints?

In some disciplines, like physics and mathematics, preprints have been a well-established part of the research process. However, preprints are becoming increasingly popular across academia and there has been a recent proliferation of preprint services in a number of disciplines from biomedicine to law. The benefit of preprints is primarily speed. Because preprints are not peer reviewed, they can be made available online very rapidly. This helps authors establish primacy with their research and also makes their research available to the community quickly. Furthermore, authors can sometimes receive feedback on their preprints prior to submitting to a journal, which allows them to improve their papers before submission.

Where is Advance indexed?

Preprint posted to Advance are indexed by Google Scholar and CrossRef. Because content on Advance isn't peer reviewed, and because Advance is not a journal, the content is not indexed by Web of Science and Advance is not included in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).

Does Advance have an Impact Factor?

Advance is not a journal and therefore does not have an Impact Factor.

Can I submit my preprint to a journal?

While most journals allow this, some journals do not allow submissions from papers that are already available on a preprint server. It is important to check the submission guidelines of the journal you plan to submit to so you can ensure the journal doesn't have a policy against this.

Can I cite a preprint?

It is up to the individual journal whether they will accept citations to preprints or not. For transparency, as preprints are not peer reviewed, it is important to always indicate in the citation that the reference is to a preprint.

On Advance, you can click the "cite" button on any preprint page to view the citation information for that preprint.

How are Advance preprints moderated?

All preprints posted on Advance undergo a moderation process to ensure that the paper is of a scholarly nature, is based in the social sciences or humanities, is written in English, and does not contain any inappropriate, confidential, harmful, or copyrighted materials used without permission.

Can I revise my preprint?

Yes, you can revise your preprint by going to "My Submissions" and from there select the preprint you'd like to edit. It will pop open the submission page and from there you can edit your information or upload new files. Note that your paper may need to go through another moderation check after revision. If the revision passes moderation, it will appear as a new version of the preprint on the same Advance page - the initial version will still be accessible.

Can I withdraw my preprint after it has been posted publicly?

No. Because your preprint will be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI), it makes it a permanent part of the scholarly literature and cannot be removed. Only under extreme situations when a preprint has been found to violate copyright, privacy rights, or Advance's Terms of Use will a preprint be withdraw and then replaced with a public notice.

What do I do if I suspect a preprint of publication ethics misconduct, including plagiarism?

Please contact the Advance staff at with details of your concerns.

How do I contact Advance?

You can contact us by email at