Our free preprint archival service

Statement on ContemplativeRxiv

To support a global community of scholars committed to the study of contemplative practice, the Journal of Contemplative Studies (JCS) offers a free pre- and post-print archival service, ContemplativeRxiv. This service is devoted to facilitating dynamic collaboration and discussion in the field of Contemplative Studies, as per the Focus and Scope of the JCS. Authors can quickly and easily make their work available for discussion and citation, while the site also serves as an archive for related articles. The platform enables authors to submit an article at any stage of the authoring process: before an article is submitted for peer-review, after an article has been peer-reviewed, or if an article will not be submitted for publication. We welcome articles that are not intended to be published within the JCS itself, though we encourage prospective submissions to JCS to consider preprint posting in ContemplativeRxiv.

As we help to build a scholarly community with deep expertise, we vet authors for the ability to submit articles for review as well as to make comments on other people’s work, which is optional. Participants can therefore assume all comments are serious and any articles available for review are rigorous. 

What is a Preprint?

Preprints allow scholars to share their scholarly work prior to publication for others to provide feedback on, and ideally become the subject of wide-ranging and lively dialogue. An advantage of posting an article before it is submitted to the JCS or other journals for peer-review includes receiving and responding to critical and constructive feedback from the scholarly community. This enables an author to improve their article before it undergoes formal peer-review, and hence, likely making the paper more publishable. An author may choose to keep an article up to elicit and receive feedback after the peer-review process. Because the preprint platform does not possess the formatting and other accouterments of a published article, authors can quickly and easily render their work discoverable without being reliant on review or publication timelines.

Advantages of a preprint are:

  • Receive rapid feedback from peers
  • Engage in dynamic conversations about your article
  • Receive citable DOIs
  • Make your content available and discoverable to the public quickly
  • Easily submit articles to the Journal of Contemplative Studies for peer-review

What is a Postprint?

Once an article is published, the platform serves as an archive for both preprint versions of articles and published articles. Even after the peer-review process, an author may choose to keep an article up on the archive to receive additional feedback. The author can choose to take down a pre-published paper or leave it online — though our expectation for published articles is that the comments are part of a permanent record in the archive. 

What ContemplativeRxiv Accepts and Does Not Accept

The following types of materials are generally accepted:

  • Research Articles
  • Research Reviews
  • Book Reviews
  • Case Studies
  • Other creative and professional works in Contemplative Studies

The following types of materials are generally not accepted:

  • Articles that read as a personal attack, an airing of grievances, or any insult to a group or community. Racist and derogatory language will not be hosted.
  • Research articles without citations to source literature, primary and/or secondary. 
  • Opinion pieces that primarily reflect the author’s opinion or beliefs on a given subject.
    *Exceptions may be made for solicited editorials or op-eds.
  • Posters
  • Theses, dissertations, term papers, and course materials. 

Requirements for Preprint Article Submissions

  • First and foremost, that your article contributes original scholarship and is within the Scope of the Journal of Contemplative Studies. We encourage submissions grounded in the humanities in the most capacious sense. 
  • Provide author(s) names and affiliations, title, and abstract.
  • Select from the preset Subject classifications and add keyword(s) for search and indexing purposes.
  • ContemplativeRxiv will only accept submissions that have been uploaded by one of the author(s) listed on an article.  Submissions from anyone not listed as an author will be rejected.
  • At least one author must supply an email address for correspondence.
  • Format and submit your article as a PDF using the template provided. The template indicates that your article is a non-peer-reviewed preprint article. For postprints, please upload a PDF of the publication, no template required.
  • Articles must be written (or translated) in English. This is so that we can ensure moderation of the content.

Download the preprint template to format and submit your article.

Terms for Hosting Your Article

After accepting your submission, ContemplativeRxiv agrees to:

  • Provide free online archival hosting service of your preprint or postprint as long as ContemplativeRxiv is operational
  • Provide a free DOI for persistent and stable citation

ContemplativeRxiv is an associated service of the Journal of Contemplative Studies, and does not provide the same peer-review evaluation of academic quality that JCS submissions undergo. To receive full peer-review evaluation, submit directly to the JCS or transfer your ContemplativeRxiv submission to the JCS in the author portal. 

Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author(s) to determine if submitting to ContemplativeRxiv precludes them from simultaneous or subsequent submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Determining future impacts of submitting to ContemplativeRxiv is the responsibility of the author(s).

The submitting author must obtain permission from all co-authors prior to submission to ContemplativeRxiv. Should ContemplativeRxiv receive notice from a co-author that they did not authorize the publication of the preprint, the following steps will be taken:

  1. ContemplativeRxiv moderators will work with all the authors to address the issue
  2. If an agreement can be reached, the moderators will continue hosting the original preprint or accept a revised preprint, whichever the author(s) prefer. If no agreement can be reached, moderators will withdraw the preprint.


Once an article is accepted, it persists in the archive indefinitely unless withdrawn by the ContemplativeRxiv moderators or the author. ContemplativeRxiv reserves the right to withdraw articles if fraud or plagiarism is identified.

Every preprint is citable and publicly available on the web. As such, withdrawals are viewed as retractions and reserved for special cases. Special cases are exemplified by, but not necessarily limited to:

  1. There may be cases where significant errors are identified after the preprint has been posted. In such cases, ContemplativeRxiv will first work with the author(s) to revise the preprint. The preprint will be withdrawn if the author(s) are unable to provide a revision.
  2. If there are confirmed cases of fraud or plagiarism, preprints will be withdrawn.

ContemplativeRxiv takes fraud and plagiarism very seriously. Detection of fraud and plagiarism may involve manual moderation, automated algorithms, and community feedback. Any claim of fraud or plagiarism will be granted a review by the Executive Board. Should the Board deem fraud or plagiarism to have occurred, the article will be immediately removed from ContemplativeRxiv.

Author withdrawal requests can be made through the preprint submission portal and will be considered by the ContemplativeRxiv moderators on a case-by-case basis.

Copyright Notice License

Individual articles made available by ContemplativeRxiv are copyright of the author(s) and are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC-ND), under which:

  • Attributions must give appropriate credit to the author(s) and journal, provide links to the journal source webpage and license, and indicate if changes were made. Attribution should appear as follows: ©YEAR AUTHOR NAME. Originally licensed by ContemplativeRxiv under
  • Reusers may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses the reuser or their use.
  • Reusers may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted. No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted.

Citing a Preprint

Preprints can be cited in the same bibliographic styles as published content with the addition that the citation indicates that it is a preprint. After the name of the publisher, in this case ContemplativeRxiv, include [Preprint] to identify the article as a preprint.

Example: Smith, Jane. “Contemplative Models in Indigenous Traditions.” ContemplativRxiv [Preprint]. Accessed: January 11, 2023. DOI:

See specific style guidelines.