Last updated: July 15, 2019

Qeios

Publishing Policy

  1. Introduction
  2. Aim and Scope
  3. Open Access
  4. Publications and Licenses
  5. Peer Review Model
  6. Author Guidelines
  7. Authorship and Contributorship
  8. Data Availability
  9. Archiving and Preservation
  10. Publication Ethics
  11. Ethics Statement
  12. Competing Interests
  13. Research Integrity
  14. Allegations of Misconduct
  15. Publication Fees
  16. Integration with ORCID
  17. Contacts

Introduction

Qeios is an Open Science publishing platform for researchers, determined to promote integrity in research publication, following the guidelines established by the COPE, the DOAJ and the OASPA. Qeios welcomes scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty and subject area. Examples of research that can be published on Qeios include (but are not limited to):

Aim and Scope

Qeios' mission is to allow researchers to produce, publish and share better research rapidly while facilitating and encouraging the most valuable discussion around it. By not excluding research on the basis of subject area, Qeios facilitates the discovery of connections between research whether within or between disciplines.

Open Access

Whenever possible, Qeios applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) license to published works (see "Publications and Licenses"). This license was developed to promote Open Access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.

Qeios is a Crossref member. Every work receives a DOI upon publication, thus making research easy to find, cite, link, and assess.

Qeios proudly signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which recognises the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. Following DORA's principles, we do not and will not put any emphasis on Qeios' Impact Factor as a promotional tool. In contrast, we make available a range of work-level metrics to encourage a shift toward an assessment based on the scientific content of a publication rather than journal-based metrics.

Publications and Licenses

Publications on Qeios are distinguished as Articles, Definitions and Reviews. The copyright of publications belongs to the authors who publish the works, which are made available as follows:

Peer Review Model

The transparent and seamless Open Post-Publication Peer Review model of Qeios facilitates and encourages the discussion around published research. The collaborative essence of Qeios aims at rescuing from groupthink and increasing the quality of the scientific works published on the platform.

Peer review takes place after publication and, according to the principles of Open Science, reviewers' names and their reports are published for readers to see. Researchers should register for a Qeios account in order to be able to post their reviews and reviewers should declare any competing interests in their reviews.

We encourage researchers to adhere to the basics principles for peer reviewers as proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Writing the Review

Each Review requires the following two pieces of information: 


1) A report.
The report reflects the assessment of the publication and must be:

  • thorough;
  • constructive;
  • free from personal bias.

2) Approval status.
The 5-star rating provides readers with a general view of the reviewer’s assessment of the publication and it is essential for its indexing. Reviewers may choose between these approval statuses:

  • Not Approved: 1 or 2 stars;
  • Approved: 3 or 4 stars;
  • Approved with Distinction: 5 stars.

Author Guidelines

Qeios is a multidisciplinary Open Science publishing platform for researchers. By welcoming works from any subject area, Qeios facilitates the discovery of connections between research whether within or between disciplines. Examples of research that can be published on Qeios include (but are not limited to):

Articles previously posted on a preprint server, such as arXiv, bioRxiv, AgriXiv or PeerJ PrePrints are more than welcome.

Publication of any material on Qeios denotes that all its authors have agreed to its content and have ensured that Qeios' policies have been fully adhered to.

Authors must ensure that they do not breach copyright with any content they post.

Non-compliance with these policies means that a publication will be removed from Qeios.

Authorship and Contributorship

Qeios recommends that authorship be based on (authors should meet all the criteria):

Anyone who has contributed but does not meet the criteria for authorship (for example, purely technical or writing assistance) should be listed in the 'Acknowledgments' section.

Data Availability

Qeios is committed to improving scholarly communication and as part of this commitment, authors should include in their publications the materials, computer code, data and associated protocols underlying the findings. It is essential that readers can see the source data and computer code in order to be able to reproduce the study.

Data associated with Qeios publications are made available under the terms of a Creative Commons Public Domain (CC0 license). This facilitates and encourages re-use and helps prevent the problems of attribution stacking when combining multiple datasets each authored by multiple authors that use multiple different licences.

Archiving and Preservation

Portico and the British Library are among the largest digital archives in the world. Working with libraries and publishers, they preserve e- journals to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.

We use Portico and the British Library as our archiving solutions, to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly publications in the event that Qeios stops publishing.


All Articles and Definitions published on Qeios receive a DOI and are permanently available to all readers.

Publication Ethics

We recommend authors to adhere to the COPE Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines.

In particular, Qeios does not tolerate plagiarism, data or figure manipulation, knowingly providing incorrect information, copyright infringement, incorrect author attributions, attempts to manipulate the peer review process, failures to declare conflicts of interest, fraud and libel. This list is not exhaustive - if there is uncertainty of what constitutes such actions, then more resources may be found at the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Ethics Statement

Where applicable, we recommend authors to provide an Ethics Statement which details the relevant ethical standards which were met when conducting the research.

Ethics statements are mandatory whenever research is conducted on humans or human tissue; on animals or animal tissue; or whenever the approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) was required.

Competing interests

Authors should include a "Competing interests" statement in their publications. A competing interest provides full transparency for the reviewers and readers. If there are no competing interests to declare, a "No competing interests" statement should be added (e.g. "No competing interests were disclosed").

Examples of competing interests include (but are not limited to): possible financial benefits if the publication is posted; prior working, or personal, relationships with any of the authors; patent activity on the results; consultancy activity around the results; personal material or financial gain (such as free travel, gifts, etc.) relating to the work; personal convictions (religious, political, etc.) which may have a bearing on the work, and so on.

Research Integrity

We expect that everyone involved in research shares values of research integrity (honesty, accuracy, efficiency and objectivity) in all aspects of the research process.


In order to maintain this integrity, all Qeios Articles should present some minimum standards:

  • a full and fair description of the work undertaken;
  • an accurate report of the results;
  • an honest and open assessment of the findings.

In the same way, all Qeios Definitions should be:

  • thorough;
  • constructive.

Errata and Corrigenda

An erratum refers to a correction of minor errors that do not impact the reader’s understanding of the publication. Please send us an email to info@qeios.com if you need such a correction.


A corrigendum, instead, refers to a correction of major errors that arise after the peer review, for instance. Corrigendum only applies to Articles. Articles can be updated at any time by publishing a New Version (3 dots button at the top right of the screen when in Reading mode).

Retraction

In matter of retraction, the COPE Retraction Guidelines will be taken into account.

Qeios publications may be retracted for (but are not limited to) the following reasons:

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error);
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication);
  • it constitutes plagiarism;
  • it reports unethical research.

The retracted publication will be clearly marked as retracted (PDF included) and the retraction notice will be linked to the publication. This notice will mention the reasons and basis for the retraction and specify who is retracting the article.

The content of a retracted publication may be removed from the website only for legal reasons. Otherwise, it will remain on qeios.com.

Allegations of Misconduct

If a case of suspected research or publication misconduct is brought to our attention, we will follow COPE guidelines. This may involve contacting the authors' research institution, an ethics committee or other third parties.

Research misconduct includes (but is not limited to) data fabrication or falsification, or cases where research involving animals or humans has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. Publication misconduct includes (but is not limited to) clear plagiarism, copyright infringement or incorrect author attributions. Honest errors or differences of opinion are not considered 'misconduct'.

Publication Fees

Qeios does not charge any APCs to authors and is made available free of charge to users. To offset expenses, allow for improvements and sustain Qeios' mission, we rely on Membership fees. Qeios' Membership plan allows Members to get access to some features and benefits such as collaboration tools and the Qeios Fund program (available soon).

Integration with ORCID

Qeios is an ORCID member and supports the use of ORCID iDs where possible. For this reason, it is recommended that researchers link their ORCID iD to their Qeios profile. It is noteworthy that the process of getting an ORCID iD is quick, easy and cost-free.

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship and innovation activities. It provides a persistent identifier for humans, similar to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by digital object identifiers (DOIs).

Why is ORCID good for the researcher and the wider community?

ORCID allows identification beyond names. Globally, names can be very common, they can change, they can be transliterated into other alphabets, and so reliably linking researchers with their research and organisations can be difficult - this is solved through a unique ORCID iD.

An ORCID iD also allows researchers to keep a constantly updated digital curriculum vitae. Individuals decide to register, which research activities to connect to their ID, which organisations to allow access, what information to make publicly available, what to share with trusted parties and what to keep private. Individuals can control their profiles and can change these settings and permissions at any time.

What happens after you connect your ORCID iD to Qeios

Once you have connected your ORCID iD to Qeios and given the necessary permissions, all work that is published with you named as an author will automatically be added to your ORCID account, relieving you to do this each time.

How we integrate with ORCID

Qeios complies with ORCID's integration and engagement program "Collect & Connect":

  • we collect and store authenticated ORCID iDs for authors;
  • we publicly display the iD icons for those authors, linked to their ORCID account;
  • we connect to the researcher's ORCID account and update it with new published works.

Contacts

Feedback, general enquires and complaints

Email: info@qeios.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 7414 687029

Enquires about collaborations

Gabriele Marinello, Co-founder
Email: gm@qeios.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 7426 853828

Qeios is published by Qeios Ltd in London, UK
ISSN 2632-3834