This July 2022, the European Scientific Institute, next to its several peer reviewed journals, among which is one of the largest interdisciplinary journals in Europe – the European Scientific Journal, ESJ, launched on its website a new platform specifically devoted to the publication of preprints. Respecting the tradition of ESI, its Preprints platform is a multidisciplinary floor that allows all scientific manuscripts from all fields of research immediately available.
Preprints are various types of research papers that have neither been subjected to peer-review nor published in a journal. In most cases, they can be viewed as completed or almost completed articles that are nonetheless ready to be shared with the international scientific community. All preprints undergo a short screening and if they pass the screening process are posted online in open access format under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. Once online, preprints can be downloaded, shared, and cited. This gives maximum visibility to authors while ensuring their proper recognition for their work. With preprints, authors are in control of when their work appears, and if they want to change or add to the paper, they can submit a new version at any time. To ensure that citations are not affected, preprints assigned a DOI will have a new DOI issued for each version. An article published as preprint can be submitted, and after the peer review, can be published in any scientific journal.
The ESI preprints platform is only the most recent project the ESI has designed to help reach the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) set by the United Nations. Indeed, ESI as member of the SDG Publishers Compact has the SDGs at heart among its objectives.
All ESI activities, its books, journals and its preprints platform are open to all researchers regardless of their gender, religion, race, geographical origin and nationality, and with its low publication fees is committed to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 10 (Reduce Inequalities).
ESI books, journals and preprints are all open access, and the preprints are a fast way to make researchers’ scientific works immediately available to the international scientific community, so contributing to SDG 4 (Quality Education), and SDG 10 (Reduce Inequalities). SDG 4 is also promoted through ESI several peer reviewed journals, and the many Conferences and forums organized in all parts of the world, which gather scholars with different backgrounds to share their scientific outcomes.
Quality Education is also a main aim of the ESI Post-doctoral programs 1) Social Sciences and Humanities in a Post-Crisis Period; 2) Computer Sciences and Engineering; 3) Life and Natural Sciences in a Post-crisis Period; and 4) New Technologies and Law. The programs are in both English and Spanish, and to this aim, the ESI is partnered with many Universities all around Europe, which are involved with post-doc higher education of scholars all around the globe.
Furthermore, the many partnerships of ESI with universities, research institutes and industries all over the world favor SDG 9 (Industry Innovation and Infrastructure) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
All of this work and all the effort in helping, as publisher, in developing the Goals set by the United Nations are possible only thanks to your joint commitment as people, researchers, scholars and academics all over the world, which I thank, and I hope that we will continue to work together for years to come.