Answered By: Ana Enriquez Last Updated: Aug 25, 2023 Views: 1241
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), or earlier versions (e.g., an earlier version posted on a preprint server such as arXiv)
- Version submitted to journal (pre-refereeing) is 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"
- For more tips on identifying the accepted manuscript version, see our FAQ response on accepted manuscripts.
- 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)
Penn State's open access policy focuses on the accepted manuscript version, because most journals allow that version to be shared widely. If you are able to share the final published version, that also satisfies Penn State's policy. With questions, please contact the Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright.