Answered By: Kathryn Ruddock
Last Updated: May 22, 2018     Views: 220

When entering into a publishing contract it is important to know what rights you retain in terms of self-archiving your work in an institutional repository, like PRISM or on your personal website.

This information can be found:

  • In your publishing contract
  • On publisher websites in a copyright, author rights or open access section
  • In SHERPA/RoMEO, a database of publisher self-archiving policies 

Make sure to look for the version you are able to post for self-archiving:

Here is a helpful infographic explaining the difference between version types.

Pre-print /
Author submitted manuscript:

The version submitted to the journal, prior to peer review.
Post-print /
Author accepted manuscript: 

The version that has been accepted for publication and which typically includes author-incorporated changes suggested during submission, peer review, and editor-author communications. They do not include other publisher value-added contributions such as copy-editing or formatting.

Publisher's version /
Version of record:

The version that appears on the journal website that includes peer review, copy-editing, and layout.