How we work
All four EMBO Press journals have the ten-point Transparent Publishing Process at their core:
- Transparent Review
Referee reports are published in full for each paper but without attribution. There are no confidential comments, and authors can exclude referees to eliminate potential bias.
- Fast Process
Editorial decisions on average within a week, referee comments within a month, publication possible in 2 weeks.
- Straightforward Submission
No journal-specific formatting is required at submission.
- Scooping Protection
Similar findings published by others during review or revision are not a criterion for rejection.
- Referee Cross-Commenting
Referees comment on one another’s reports before the editor makes a decision, ensuring balanced discussion of the work’s merits.
- Single Round
Papers rarely undergo more than one major round of revision; more than 90% of invited revisions are published.
- Informed Evaluation
Detailed editorial decisions supported by the Editorial Board. Authors can discuss manuscripts with editors at any stage.
- Manuscript transfers
Authors can select to transfer manuscripts with referee reports between the EMBO Press journals.
- Source Data
Authors can publish source data to support the figures within their article. The supplementary information section is replaced by the ‘Expanded View’ rendering of a paper with all figures displayed in the body of the text.
- Cite the Source
Reference to specific findings should cite research papers rather than reviews. Journals have unlimited reference lists.