About the Server

SwissMedPreprints is a preprint server for articles submitted to the journal Swiss Medical Weekly (SMW, https://smw.ch/). Details on this project can be found in the article "Launching SwissMedPreprints, the Swiss Medical Weekly's biomedical preprint server" (https://doi.org/10.57187/s.3496).

Preprints are manuscripts that have not yet been peer reviewed. There are both benefits and harms in dissemination of scientific findings prior to peer review. Preprints should not be treated as established knowledge.

No endorsement of the content or the scientific quality of a preprint by the SMW editorial board is implied by the publication in SwissMedPreprints.

Diamond open access

The SMW is a pioneer of Diamond Open Access publishing.  It was one of the first journals to adhere to the principles of Diamond Open Access (also known as Platinum Open Access or Public Service Open Access). It has followed the Open Access model since the first OA declarations and initiatives. 

The SMW supporting association (“Trägerverein SMW”) is a non-profit organisation in charge of the Swiss Medical Weekly. It ensures the editorial independence and quality of the journal.  

Open access license

Articles are published according to the 
Creative Commons license Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

You are free to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose 

under the following terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Citing preprints

When preprints are cited in submitted manuscripts or published articles, the citation should clearly indicate that the reference is a preprint.

When a preprint article has been subsequently published in a peer-reviewed journal, authors should cite the subsequent published article rather than the preprint article whenever appropriate. Journals should include the word “preprint” following the citation information in the reference list and consider indicating that the cited material is a preprint in the text. The citation should include the link to the preprint and DOI.