Publisher requirements: article versions

What is a publisher friendly version?

Some publishers place certain conditions on your archiving rights as an author. This includes what version of the article you can use when depositing research articles into UWSpace.

In general publishers have outlined these three categories:

  • Publisher's version: publisher-generated PDF.
  • Accepted manuscript, also known as a post-print: final manuscript after peer-review, with revisions having been made.
  • Pre-print: final version of the paper before peer-review

These versions follow the definitions set forth by the website Sherpa/Romeo that monitors permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. For more in-depth coverage of these terms see Sherpa/Romeo pre-print and post-print.

What version can I use?

It is important that you only use the version specified by your publishing agreement. The most commonly allowed version is the accepted manuscript/post-print version. If you have any uncertainties about what the publisher friendly version of your article is, please contact us or use our copyright review and deposit service.