Information for authors

Science Robotics welcomes research in all domains of robotics including land, sea, space, medical, and industrial applications, as well as artificial intelligence and human/robotic interactions. Research articles may address robotic issues at any scale, from complete systems to novel components, materials, or software. 

Editorial Policies

These policies spell out the rights and responsibilities that authors agree to when submitting and publishing their papers in each of the Science family of journals. Authors should familiarize themselves with these policies before submitting a manuscript to Science Robotics.

General Editorial Policies

Research Standards

Publication Policies

Categories of Submitted Manuscripts

Research Articles should include an abstract and be structured as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Results, Discussion, Materials and Methods, References, Figures and Tables, Supplementary Materials. Research Articles should be no more than 8000 words in length (not including References) and may have up to 8 figures/tables. Supplementary materials are permitted and can include figures and tables not essential to the general understanding of the research presented in the main text, as well as other file types. Shorter Research Articles with fewer figures will also be considered and may be published as Reports at the discretion of the editors. Detailed information about preparing a new Research Article is available  here.

Reviews are currently only by invitation of the Editor. They can be up to 5000 words (not including abstract, references, and figure legends). Longer Reviews may be considered at the Editor's discretion. They should have a short pithy title, an abstract of no more than 75 words, no more than 75 references, and up to four figures (with figure legends) or tables. Detailed information about preparing a Review is available  here.

Letters is an article format that provides readers with an opportunity to respond to an article published in Science Robotics within the previous two months or to raise issues of interest to the Robotics community. Letters should provide new information or insights about the published article and should be of interest to the broad readership of Science Robotics. Letters should be less than 1000 words, with no more than 10 references, and may have one figure or table. If appropriate, letters are sent to the authors of the published article under discussion for a response.

Submission

Primary research articles or other unsolicited articles may be submitted online at  https://cts.sciencemag.org

For submission, you will need the following:

  1. Authors: Names, telephone, and e-mail addresses for all authors, including selection of one to be corresponding author.
  2. Manuscript Information:
    • The article type you are submitting.
    • The title of your manuscript (135-character maximum for Research Articles)
    • Funding sources 
    • A cover letter that includes
      • Reference to any pre-submission discussions with editors.
      • The title of the paper and a statement of its main point
      • Any information needed to ensure a fair review process, including related manuscripts submitted to other journals
      • Names of colleagues who have reviewed the paper
      • A statement that none of the material has been published or is under consideration elsewhere, including the Internet.
      • For investigations on humans, a statement indicating that informed consent was obtained after the nature and possible consequences of the studies were explained
      • For authors using experimental animals, a statement that the animals' care was in accordance with institutional guidelines
      • Note where data are available, or will be deposited and whether there are any restrictions on data availability such as an MTA.
      • Information on any Reference material or additional data files uploaded to the Auxiliary files section (see below).
      • A .docx version of your cover letter.
  3. Reviewers: Names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of up to five potential referees and up to five excluded reviewers
  4. Upload Documents: During submission, you will upload the manuscript, a cover letter, the Supplementary Materials file, and any auxiliary files. Science Robotics prefers to receive a single complete file that includes all figures and tables in Word's .docx format (Word 2007, 2010, or 2008 or 2011 for a Mac). If you are using LaTeX, please convert your paper into a Word docx.  If this is not possible, please use our LaTeX template and upload a PDF version of your paper. Some conversion approaches are available here: http://www.tug.org/utilities/texconv/textopc.html. We cannot accept LaTeX files for new submissions. We can only accept LaTeX as a revised submission. The Supplementary Materials should be submitted as a single separate file in .docx or PDF format. The main manuscript file and the Supplementary Materials file each have a 25MB size limit.
  5. Supplementary multimedia or large data files that cannot be included in the main Supplementary Materials file should be uploaded as Auxiliary Supplementary Materials at our submission site. There is a 25 MB combined size limit on auxiliary files and a limit of 10 auxiliary files. Video clips should be in mp4 format. Quicktime (.mov) files are acceptable provided the h.264 compression setting is used. Where possible please use HD frame size (1920x1080 pixels). Animated GIFs are not accepted. For audio files, WAV AIFF, AU, or m4a are preferred. MP3 or AAC files are acceptable, but a bit rate of at least 160kb/s must be used. Authors should submit video and audio with clearly identifiable accompanying captions and credit information.
  6. Other items that are required at submission and should be uploaded to the Auxiliary files section are:
  • Reference Material:  Authors must supply Science Robotics with a copy of any of their papers that are related to the Science Robotics manuscript and are under consideration or in press at other journals. This condition applies at all times while the Science Robotics manuscript is under consideration. If a related paper is submitted elsewhere while the Science Robotics paper is under consideration, please contact your editor.
  • Data files required for review of your manuscript.
  • Written permission from any author who is not an author of your manuscript but whose work is cited as in press. Permission must allow distribution of in-press manuscripts or relevant data to reviewers. A copy of an email is sufficient. We do not allow citation to in press manuscripts at publication – these would need to be replaced by the published reference.
  • Any relevant MTAs

Manuscript selection

Science Robotics is committed to thorough and efficient evaluation of submitted manuscripts. Papers are assigned to an Editorial Board member who has knowledge of the field discussed in the manuscript. Submitted papers may also be rated for suitability by members of the Science Robotics Advisory Board. Authors of papers that are not selected are notified promptly, within about 1 week.

Research papers that are selected for in-depth review are evaluated by at least two outside referees. Reviewers are contacted before being sent a paper and asked to return comments within 1 to 2 weeks for most papers.

Authors are notified of decisions by email, and the status of the manuscript can be tracked at  https://cts.sciencemag.org. Membership in AAAS is not a factor in selection of manuscripts for publication. Science journals treat all submitted manuscripts as confidential documents. Sciencejournals also instruct and expect our Editors, Advisors and reviewers to treat manuscripts as confidential material. Our peer review process is confidential and identities of reviewers are not released.

AAAS publishes five other journals: Science, Science SignalingScience Translational Medicine, Science Immunology, and our open access, interdisciplinary journal Science Advances. Papers submitted to Science Robotics but not accepted for publication may, in some cases, be eligible for publication in one of these five journals. If a manuscript is rejected from Science Robotics with the option of transfer, we would be happy to transfer your submission from Science Robotics with no reformatting required. Editors at the second journal may use the information gathered during evaluation at Science Robotics to expedite review, including reuse of the reviews, provided reviewers agree. You may also choose to start a new review process. The transfer can only include documents that were part of the review process at Science Robotics. Once transfer is complete, you will have the opportunity to upload a response to the reviews where appropriate.