Frequently Asked Questions about "Just Accepted" Manuscripts
What is a Just Accepted manuscript? Just Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication and are posted online prior to technical editing, formatting for publication and author proofing. Authors must actively choose to have their manuscripts published as Just Accepted manuscripts, and the papers are posted online, usually within 30 minutes to 24 hours of acceptance within the editorial office.
Just Accepted manuscripts appear in full as PDF documents accompanied by HTML abstracts. They are accessible to all readers and citable by the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®). The DOI for the manuscript is persistent for all iterations; in other words, the Just Accepted manuscript has the same DOI as the ASAP (As Soon As Publishable) Article. The DOI remains constant to ensure that citations to Just Accepted manuscripts link to the final scientific article of record when it becomes available.
The manuscripts posted as Just Accepted are not the final scientific version of record; the ASAP Article (which has been technically edited and formatted) represents the final scientific article of record. The Just Accepted version is removed from the ACS Web site upon publication of the ASAP Article.
Why is the ACS posting accepted, unredacted (unedited) manuscripts?
The American Chemical Society is posting accepted, unredacted manuscripts as a service to the research community in order to expedite the dissemination of scientific information as soon as possible after acceptance. Dissemination of these accepted, unredacted manuscripts provides earlier access to up-to-date research in a fully citable format.
Are all manuscripts posted as Just Accepted on the ACS Publications Web site?
No. During the submission process, Authors can choose to have their accepted manuscript posted as Just Accepted. Authors who do not "opt in" for this service during the submission process will have the option to do so upon submission of a manuscript revision.
Does posting a manuscript as Just Accepted require Authors to format their manuscript differently?
No. However, to ensure a consistent Web presentation and rapid Web publication for Just Accepted manuscripts, we request that the final manuscript components be collated in the order noted in the journal's Author Guidelines. Supplementary Information and other files such as Web Enhanced Objects (videos, etc.) should be saved and uploaded in separate files. The main manuscript text, references, figures, figure legends and tables will be posted online. Other associated files (table of contents graphic, supporting information, Web Enhanced Objects (WEOs), etc.) will be published when the article is published as an ASAP Article and/or in an issue.
If I am resolving intellectual property issues (e.g. applying for a patent), can I still select the Just Accepted service?
All Authors can select the Just Accepted service. However, Authors are responsible for ensuring that all intellectual property issues are resolved prior to manuscript acceptance. Once the manuscript is accepted it is usually posted to the Web in as little as 30 minutes. Because the process is completely automated, it is critical that the accepted version of the manuscript is complete and all intellectual property issues are resolved prior to acceptance. Once the manuscript is posted on the Web, it is accessible to all readers, and is indexed by SciFinder, Pubmed and Google.
What happens to a Just Accepted manuscript after it has been posted to the Web?
After a manuscript has been published as Just Accepted, the normal production process continues. The manuscript is converted to full XML, read and edited by a technical editor, and formatted for print and Web delivery. Manuscript galley proofs are sent to the Corresponding Author for approval. After galley proof corrections are applied, the article is published online as an ASAP Article and/or in an issue. The ASAP Article replaces the Just Accepted manuscript and becomes the final scientific article of record.
Why do I not see the Supporting Information that I submitted with my manuscript posted with the Just Accepted manuscript?
Supplemental Information is not published as part of the Just Accepted version of the manuscript. Once the ASAP article is posted, it will reflect any Supplemental Information that was submitted with the manuscript for publication.
What happens to the accepted manuscript if the Author does NOT wish to have it posted as Just Accepted?
The normal production process continues regardless of whether an article is posted as a Just Accepted manuscript. The manuscript is converted to full XML, read and edited by a technical editor, and formatted for print and Web delivery. Manuscript galley proofs are sent to the Corresponding Author for approval. After galley proof corrections are applied, the article is published online as an ASAP Article and/or in an issue.
Will all Just Accepted manuscripts eventually appear as ASAP Articles (As Soon As Publishable) and in a journal issue?
All Just Accepted manuscripts will eventually appear in a journal issue. It is possible that a Just Accepted manuscript will not be posted as an ASAP Article and instead go straight to a journal issue. The timing of receipt of Author corrected proofs determines whether an article is first posted as an ASAP Article or if it goes straight to issue.
Is the Just Accepted manuscript the final scientific article of record?
No, the Just Accepted manuscript is not the final scientific article of record. The ASAP Article is the final scientific article of record. The Just Accepted manuscript is removed from the Web site upon publication of the ASAP Article.
What is a DOI and where can I find it?
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) provides a means of persistently identifying a piece of intellectual property on a digital network and associating it with related current data in a structured extensible way. The ASAP Article has the same DOI as the Just Accepted manuscript. The DOI remains constant to ensure that citations to Just Accepted manuscripts link to the final scientific article of record when it becomes available. Just Accepted manuscripts sometime experience a short delay in DOI assignment. More details about DOIs are available here.
Will all Just Accepted manuscripts have a Web posting date?
Yes, all Just Accepted manuscripts will have a Web posting date. This date is the official publication date.
Are Just Accepted manuscripts accessible to all readers?
Yes, all readers have access to Just Accepted manuscripts. Individual users who do not have journal subscriptions will be asked to register for an ACS ID to view the full manuscripts in PDF.
Can Authors correct errors after the Just Accepted manuscript has been posted to the Web?
No. ACS Publications cannot revise the Just Accepted manuscript once it is posted to the Web. However, errors may be corrected by the Author while reviewing the manuscript galley proofs before the article is published to the Web as an ASAP Article or as part of a journal issue. ACS cannot be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in Just Accepted manuscripts.
Can Just Accepted manuscripts be cited?
Yes, a Just Accepted manuscript can be cited by using the DOI. However, Just Accepted manuscripts should not be considered the final scientific article of record. Technical editing and/or manuscript galley proof corrections may introduce changes to the manuscript text and/or graphics that could affect content.
How do I cite a Just Accepted manuscript?
A Just Accepted manuscript can be cited by means of its DOI. A Just Accepted manuscript should be cited in the reference format of the journal with [Just Accepted], DOI:10.1021/#########. Published online: month abbreviation, day, year in place of the volume and page numbers. For example:
Do Just Accepted manuscripts require the submission of an ACS Journal Publishing Agreement?
Yes, a completed and signed ACS Journal Publishing Agreement is required as it is for all accepted manuscripts regardless of whether they will be posted as Just Accepted. Authors should complete the electronic Journal Publishing Agreement (or upload a PDF or TIFF version of the signed form) at the time of manuscript submission through ACS Paragon Plus. Manuscripts lacking completed and signed Journal Publishing Agreement forms will not be published as Just Accepted manuscripts.
Is posting a manuscript as Just Accepted a means to comply with the NIH Public Access Mandate?
No. Publishing a manuscript as Just Accepted is not a means by which to comply with the NIH Public Access Mandate. The ACS offers three options for authors to comply with this mandate (see http://pubs.acs.org/page/policy/nih/index.html).