What does penelope check for?

These are the checks that Penelope performs by default. All checks can be turned on/off your your journal's specific needs. Let us know if there's anything else you would like Penelope to check for. 

completeness

  • Funding section
  • Acknowledgements section
  • A named funder
  • Conflicts of interest statement
  • A running head, list of key words and word count are present on the title page
  • Corresponding author and email address from an institution
  • ORCIDs
  • Abstract is structured
  • Clinical trials include registration ID

Ethics and permissions

  • ethics statements for human/animal research
  • Informed consent for research involving humans
  • Permission obtained for use of third party data, field samples and fossils

Data

  • Includes a data access statement
  • Data is referenced properly

Statistics

  • Percentages are given alongside actual values
  • p-values are reported in full (p = 0.43, not p < .05)
  • p-values are accompanied by confidence intervals
  • common hypothesis tests are reported well (t-tests, F-tests and Pearson's correlations)
  • p-values and test statistics match up  (t-tests, F-tests and Pearson's correlations)

Citations and References

  • All citations are referenced
  • All references are cited
  • Correct referencing system used (Harvard/Vancouver, the generic version suggests Vancouver, but tells authors to double check)

Tables and Figures

  • Accompanied by legends
  • All tables and figures are mentioned in the text
  • Present (or absent) from main manuscript (the generic version suggests tables should be included, but figures should be in a separate file)

Scientific Reporting

  • Encourages the use of reporting checklists from the EQUATOR library when relevant
  • Randomisation, blinding and sample size are addressed for experimental studies
  • Cell lines checked for mycoplasma and do not appear on ICALC
  • Encourages RRIDs for animals and antibodies

Registration

  • Clinical trials include a registration ID for a recognised registry

 

*These checks aren't included in the generic version

What file formats can Penelope check?

Penelope currently checks Word files. Docx files are best, but if an author uploads a .doc file Penelope will try to convert it into a docx before processing. In the coming months we'll begin accepting other file formats such as LaTeX and PDF. 

What happens to submitted files?

Manuscripts submitted through our author tool are deleted after three months. To help improve our algorithms, our staff manually double check a small number of manuscripts before they get deleted. We don't share author's work, details or ideas with anybody. 

How accurate is Penelope?

We test all checks on a set of documents that have been manually labelled, and make sure they perform at 90% or above. Penelope uses a series of probabilistic algorithms which become increasingly accurate as it processes more articles. We constantly monitor Penelope's performance, and will continue to refine it over time as we encounter new documents with different formatting, writing styles and topics.