I just submitted a manuscript to a journal that uses the ScholarOne Submission system. There was the option to agree that the manuscript will be published as a preprint on Authorea. It says:
New! Preprint your manuscript while it's under review This journal is piloting the under review service, powered by Authorea—Wiley’s new initiative to streamline the early sharing of research and open up the peer review process.
The first submission of your manuscript will be imported by Authorea after the initial submission screening is completed, prior to peer review. Preprint posting on Authorea is a free, optional service and will not impact the editorial decision or time to publication at the journal.
By opting in, you agree to share submission metadata, including email address(es), with Authorea and to the terms. An Authorea account will be created for all authors. Preprints are assigned a DOI and are therefore a citable, permanent part of the scholarly record; once opted in, you cannot change your selection at later stages of the publication process or if your manuscript is rejected by the journal. Learn more at the under review FAQ.
- Would you like to make your research publicly available as a preprint on Authorea?
Yes! Please preprint my manuscript
No, I do not want to participate
So I selected yes assuming that the manuscript will only be published as preprint if it went through the initial submission checks (i.e. is going to be reviewed).
The manuscript got published as a preprint a few days after submission. But a week after submission it got the rejection notice without any review. This was not what I expected to happen. I would have preferred to revise the manuscript in the case of a desk rejection before publishing it as preprint.
Now I am a bit puzzled about what could possibly have happened. Did I misunderstand the statements explaining the process? Is this how such things are usually handled? Or do you think that something went wrong in the editorial process?
I would really be interested if someone else experienced something similar. In any case, in the future I will definitely handle preprint publishing myself instead of using such "services".