Answered By: Ana Enriquez
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019     Views: 7

Publishing agreements often distinguish between three different versions of an article when describing what self-archiving is acceptable:

  • Pre-print (or preprint)
    • Version submitted to journal (pre-refereeing)
    • Also called the "submitted manuscript" or "submitted version"
  • Post-print (or postprint)
    • Author’s final version, post-refereeing, without publisher’s formatting
    • Also called the "accepted manuscript" or "final accepted version"
  • Final version
    • Version as it appears in journal
    • Also called the "version of record,” the "publisher's version," or the "PDF version" (the latter is a misnomer)

You can use the SHERPA/RoMEO database to check your ability to deposit the pre-print, post-print, or final version of your article in an open repository such as ScholarSphere.


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