A preprint is a paper that is made available publicly via a community preprint server prior to (or simultaneous with) submission to a journal. Preprint servers such as SocArXiv and OSF are becoming increasingly common in the social sciences and we acknowledge their valuable contribution to open scholarly communication.
Therefore, JFR allows for the submission of manuscripts which have already been made available as preprints. Allowing submission does not, of course, guarantee that an article will be sent out for review; it simply reflects our belief that availability on a preprint server should not be a disqualifier for submission.
Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article on our website and to acknowledge the preprint in the published article in case of acceptance.