Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What major advantages does the interactive scientific journal SOIL offer to the authors of scientific papers?
What major advantages does SOIL offer to the readers and scientific community?
How are efficient distribution and permanent archiving and accessibility of SOIL articles achieved by the publisher Copernicus Publications?
SOIL and its discussion forum are accessible online and free of charge. Copernicus Publications makes sure that the open-access publications are indexed and archived worldwide in electronic archives, search engines, and databases to guarantee their maximum dissemination and impact.
How are manuscripts in discussion and interactive comments archived in SOILD, and are the interactive comments citable?
All manuscripts in discussion are archived in SOILD and receive a DOI. The short comments, referee comments, editor comments, and author comments posted in the interactive discussion also receive their own DOI, which allows citation of every individual interactive comment.
How does SOIL ensure the quality of its manuscripts in discussion?
What happens if a manuscript that has been posted as a preprint is not accepted for publication as a final paper in SOIL? Can the manuscript be removed from SOILD?
All preprints posted in SOILD remain permanently archived, citable, and publicly accessible and therefore cannot be removed. This approach has been chosen for a number of practical and conceptual reasons, and it has proven to be beneficial for scientific communication and quality assurance as explained above.
For further information, please see the EGU Position Statement.
Nevertheless, we are aware that the appearance of a manuscript in SOILD and subsequent non-acceptance into SOIL can be inconvenient for authors. In such cases, the authors have the following options to proceed:
Overall, we are confident that the advantages of permanent archiving outweigh the potential disadvantages. For exceptional individual cases in which this policy may be disadvantageous, we regret any potential inconvenience. Nevertheless, we hope that we have the authors' understanding and continued support in the effort to improve scientific communication and quality assurance via interactive open-access publishing.
Where can authors find guidance on data and software deposition, availability, and citation?
Copernicus Publications is a signatory of the Commitment Statement in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences. The Enabling FAIR data project provides extensive guidance on questions relating to data and software deposition, citation, and availability. This guidance is mostly also applicable for data outside the Earth, space, and environmental sciences: http://www.copdess.org/enabling-fair-data-project/enabling-fair-data-faqs/