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COVID-19 Manuscripts

For manuscripts describing COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, we are taking steps to help authors make their work available to read and cite more quickly. This includes expediting the publication process for COVID-19 papers.

  • Authors should share important information with public health authorities. We encourage all authors to share all data about the 2019-nCoV outbreak in confidence with the World Health Organization. The WHO is asking that submissions/pre-prints be sent to
  • Authors are encouraged to post submitted relevant manuscripts under review to bioRxiv, medRxiv or other relevant pre-print server. Cambridge's Preprint Policy explicitly allows authors to share manuscripts in this way prior to publication in a Cambridge journal.

The Press plays a global role in education and research and shares the University’s mission to contribute to society through our work. Sharing research can play an important role in tackling shared threats. As such, we have created a special collection of free-to-read articles and book chapters related to the coronavirus that will be continually updated as new research becomes available.

Accepted Manuscripts

Manuscripts describing COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications will be published as Accepted Manuscripts online immediately following acceptance, allowing authors to make their work available to read and cite much more quickly. 

What version of the article will be published?

The version of the article that is accepted by the Editor will be converted to PDF format and published online as is, before copy-editing or typesetting. The Accepted Manuscript will eventually be replaced with the final copy-edited and typeset Version of Record.

When will the Accepted Manuscript be published?

We aim to publish the Accepted Manuscript within 48 hours of final acceptance, provided we have received all final files and a completed publishing agreement.

How can I cite my Accepted Manuscript?

Your Accepted Manuscript will be given a DOI, which can be used to cite the manuscript. Citations should indicate that the manuscript is not the final version.

Are figures or tables included in the Accepted Manuscript?

If authors wish to include figures/tables within the published Accepted Manuscript, they will need to supply a clean version of the manuscript (as one file) with these figures/tables included, for the purposes of Accepted Manuscript publication. This clean version should be clearly named and have the figures/tables placed in the appropriate places within the article.

If any figures/tables are essential for readers to understand the manuscript, authors must provide a clean version of their manuscript with these figures/tables included. 

Can I opt out of Accepted Manuscript publication?

Authors wishing to opt out of Accepted Manuscript publication must contact the Editorial Office before acceptance and no later than 24 hours after acceptance.

What happens if I want to make changes to my Accepted Manuscript?

You will still be able to make corrections to typographical errors in your proofs in the usual way, which will be incorporated into the final Version of Record. Proofs will be sent to you around two weeks after acceptance.

What licence will the Accepted Manuscript be published under?

The Accepted Manuscript will be published in accordance with the terms of your publishing agreement. That is, a Creative Commons licence will not be applied to this Accepted Manuscript. However, authors may continue to benefit from this journal’s Green Open Access policy, which allows authors to use a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence when sharing their accepted manuscripts in other situations.