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Authors' Rights in Scholarly Publishing: Article Versions

A guide to copyright in scholarly publishing, including negotiating with publishers, journal options, and self-archiving.

Article Versions

PREPRINT

The version of an article before peer review, copy editing, and publisher formatting. A manuscript that is submitted to a journal.

Also known as: submitted version; author's original manuscript; original manuscript.

See also: Our guide, Preprints: The Basics.

EXAMPLE:

preprint example

POSTPRINT

The version of an article after peer review, but before copy editing and publisher formatting.

Also known as: accepted manuscript; authors accepted manuscript; final author version.

EXAMPLE:

example of a postprint

 

PUBLISHER'S VERSION

The final version you see in a journal, after peer review, copy editing, and publisher formatting.

Also known as: final version; final published version; version of record.

EXAMPLE:

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Publisher's version example originally published in BMC Health Services Research, 2019 19:264. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Only first page used.

Source: SHERPA/RoMEO. About: Glossary. (n. d.).