Communication with the Media/Communication Between Scientists/Preprints

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Correspondence with the journal

Named corresponding authors are to be the sole representative of the listed authors, streamlining and directing communications to their fellow authors as appropriate, as well as fielding materials requests, technical comments and so on. Neuropsychopharmacology requires that only one person be named as such in our submission system and no more than two be named as such on the title page.

It is this author's responsibility to inform all coauthors of matters arising during the course of the process and to ensure such matters are dealt with promptly. After acceptance for publication, proofs are e-mailed to this corresponding author, who should circulate the proofs to all coauthors and coordinate corrections among them.

Communication with the media

Material submitted must not be discussed with the media. We reserve the right to halt the consideration or publication of a paper if this condition is broken. If a paper is particularly newsworthy, Springer Nature may send a press release to our list of journalists in advance of publication with an embargo that forbids any coverage of the manuscript, or the findings of the manuscript, until the time and date clearly stated, which will coincide with when the paper is publishing online. Authors whose papers are scheduled for publication may also arrange their own publicity (for instance, through their institution's press offices), but they must strictly adhere to the online publication press embargo and are advised to coordinate their own publicity with Springer Nature press office.

Communication between scientists

Neuropsychopharmacology does not wish to hinder communication between scientists. You are free to communicate with other researchers as much as you wish, whether on a recognized community preprint server by discussion at scientific meetings or by online collaborative sites such as wikis, but we do not encourage premature publication by discussion with the press (beyond a formal presentation, if at a conference).


A preprint is defined as the pre-peer review version of a primary research manuscript. Springer Nature and the journal encourage authors to take advantage of their chosen preprint servers (i.e. BioRxiv) and/or authors' and institutional websites, as it encourages open communication with/among those in the field. An author may post their original manuscript at any time during the peer review process. Preprints are not considered as prior publications and will not jeopardize their consideration at the journal.  Click here for more information.

Should an author choose to upload a preprint of their manuscript, they must state the preprint DOI and licensing terms upon submission to the journal or at any other point during consideration. Additionally, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the preprint record is updated with the appropriate official publication record (DOI and/or link) of the article should it be published by the journal.

Authors may select any license of their choice for the preprint, including Creative Commons licenses.  Click here for more information. Please note that, as with a published article, the type of license selected will affect how the preprint may be shared and reused. Additionally, should an author choose to cite a preprint, they should use the following format:

Babichev, S. A., Ries, J. & Lvovsky, A. I. Quantum scissor: teleportation of single-mode optical states by means of a nonlocal single photon. Preprint at (2002).

Springer Nature's policy on communication with the media applies to preprints as well. Researchers may respond to queries from the media regarding preprints and/or conference presentations by providing explanations, clarifications, and/or context. In these circumstances, media coverage will not jeopardize the submission. Please note, however, that such coverage may reduce or pre-empt coverage by other media at the time of publication. For authors approached by reporters about preprints, we encourage an explicit statement that the preprint has not undergone peer review and the findings are may change.”

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Last Updated: July 2021