Answered By: Chee Yong NG Last Updated: Jan 29, 2019 Views: 58
Archiving your research article can make your work freely accessible, stops your research from being taken down, and gets you a wider audience to increase your research impact. But, it can be a bit tricky to know your rights and choose the right version of your work to share. We outline the various versions of your article, how to find them, and when you can share them.
Pre-print or submitted version
Also known as: Preprint, Author's manuscript, original manuscript, first draft. Example.
Definition: Draft of the manuscript before formal peer-review, or the first version sent to the journal for consideration.
Looks like: An essay with no journal branding, it is commonly a .DOCX or other text format
How to find it:
Post-print or accepted version
Also known as: Postprint, AAM, accepted manuscript, author accepted manuscript, accepted author manuscript. Example.
Definition: Final version of the manuscript after formal peer-review but before being type-set by the publisher. It contains all revisions made during the peer-review process.
Looks like: An essay with no journal branding, usually double-spaced, might have corrections on the sides. it is commonly a .DOCX or other text format
How to find it:
Can you share it? If you've published in a RoMEO blue or yellow journal
Blue and Yellow journals allow the author to deposit the accepted manuscript (post-print) in a repository. You can easily find your journal's RoMEO color at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php
Also known as: Published version, version of record. Example.
Definition: Version of the manuscript published in a journal with the journal's type-set and branding
Looks like: Has the journal branding and logo, it is commonly a PDF downloaded from the journal's website
How to find it:
Can you share it? Subscription journals typically don't allow authors to legally share the published version of their article online. You can easily find information on your journal's self-archiving policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php
References & thanks
Special thanks to Ross Mounce for sharing his article:
Mounce, R., Rivers, M., Sharrock, S. et al. Biodivers Conserv (2018) 27: 907. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-017-1472-z
Elizabeth Gadd, Charles Oppenheim, Steve Probets, (2003) "RoMEO studies 1: the impact of copyright ownership on academic author self-archiving", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 59 Issue: 3, pp.243277, https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410310698239
Definitions taken from Inefuku, H. (2013) Pre-Print, Post-Print or Offprint? A guide to publication versions, permissions and the digital repository, Cal State LA Faculty Publications: Pre-Print, Post-Print or Publishers' Version?, Pre-Prints, Post-Prints And Final Articles: What's The Difference.
- Chealsye Bowley
- Ross Mounce
- Maria Aghazarian
- Sarah Melton
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