Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) Beta Preprint Server Open for Submissions

Powered by Atypon and supported by AGU, the community server is now accepting submissions including manuscripts and posters from scientific conferences.

8 February 2018

Joint Release

WASHINGTON, DC and SANTA CLARA, CA— The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Atypon today announced that the Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr), a community server for the open dissemination of Earth and space science early research outputs is now live and available in a fully functioning Beta release for researchers to begin submitting preprints and posters, and for community use and feedback.

A preprint is a freely accessible communication, traditionally a scholarly manuscript, not yet published in a peer-reviewed outlet, such as a journal. In addition to hosting preprints that represent new research findings, ESSOAr will preserve posters from scientific conferences and allow them to be fully citable.  Future release plans include the ability to post other types of rich conference presentations and a simplified manuscript submission transfer process. All content posted on ESSOAr will be freely accessible.

With more than 50,000 posters presented across Earth and space science conferences each year, these presentations can add to the understanding of the scientific process, help accelerate discovery, and allow researchers to receive credit for this work. Preservation on ESSOAr ensures they are archived and remain discoverable. ESSOAr will also allow researchers the chance to receive peer feedback on manuscripts to improve their final published output, and facilitates faster, open dissemination of research.

Leveraging the new preprint capabilities of Atypon’s Literatum online publishing platform, ESSOAr offers researchers seamless single sign on via their ORCID credentials and a user-friendly one-page submission process with drag-and-drop functionality to quickly submit content. Research outputs posted on ESSOAr are fully citable via digital object identifier (DOI), and  their citations and attributions will be automated via CrossRef linking between the preprint and final published version of the article. Altmetric badges will track online attention and mentions.

The beta launch of the server is the result of a community effort guided by an international advisory board led by AGU that includes representatives from societies across the Earth and space sciences including the American Geosciences Institute, American Meteorological Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Earth Science Information Partners, European Geosciences Union, Geochemical Society, Geological Society of America, Japan Geoscience Union, Mineralogical Society of America, Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and Soil Science Society of America, and powered by Atypon. Its initial development is supported by Wiley, AGU’s publishing partner.

ESSOAr also has an editorial board drawn from across all scientific disciplines the server covers. Editorial board members provide a screening of all content submitted to ESSOAr, including checks for plagiarism, and offensive, dangerous, and/or non-scientific content. Rapid screening of content is supported through a streamlined Advisor Dashboard.

“AGU has long been an advocate for open science and proper attribution of research, in collaboration with other organizations in the Earth and space science community,” Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO, said in a previous statement announcing ESSOAr in 2017. “The introduction of a preprint server for the Earth and space sciences builds on our previous efforts and public statements in open science, which include the expansion of AGU’s open access journals and development of data management programs, and advances this work even further.”

ESSOAr will continue to release updates with new features and functionality throughout 2018 and beyond. To learn more about ESSOAr, or for more information about submitting a preprint or poster please visit


About AGU

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About Atypon
Atypon was founded in 1996 with headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, and offices worldwide. The company’s publishing platform, Literatum, provides easy-to-use tools and automated technologies that free publishers to focus on content—not technology—giving them as much control of the presentation, marketing, and sale of their online publications as they choose, as well as full support for any content type. Continual investment in innovation and development talent has helped create world-class software that allows publishers to quickly and cost-effectively build and revise content sites with their branding front and center, analyze and respond to usage patterns, manage user access, enhance content discovery and support marketing and digital commerce.


Notes for Journalists

Journalists can find new research in Earth and space science, including manuscripts and conference posters, on ESSOAr. Journalists do not need to register to browse and read material in ESSOAr, but will need to create an account through ORCID to subscribe to email alerts about new content.

Please note that ESSOAr is a venue for sharing preliminary communications of new research for feedback prior to peer review. Data may be preliminary. These materials have not been peer-reviewed and could change substantially before final publication.

AGU Contact:

For questions about publicizing content on ESSOAr:
Nanci Bompey, +1 (202) 777-7524, [email protected]

For questions about ESSOAr and AGU’s open data and publications strategies:
Caitlyn Camacho, +1 (202) 777-7423, [email protected]

Atypon Press Contact: 
Megan Prosser
Director of Marketing
+1 (571) 236-6298
[email protected]