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’d like Penelope to check for.
Funding or acknowledgements section present with 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
Abstract is structured
Ethics statements for human/animal research
Informed consent for research involving humans
Permission obtained for use of third party data, field samples and fossils
Ethics and permissions
Includes a data access statement
Data is referenced properly
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)
All citations are referenced
All references are cited
Correct referencing system used (Harvard/Vancouver)*
Citations and References
Accompanied by legends
All tables and figures are mentioned in the text
Present (or absent) from main manuscript*
Tables and Figures
Encourages the use of reporting checklists from the EQUATOR library when relevant
Randomisation, blinding and sample size are addressed for experimental studies
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 four weeks. 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.