Q. What are the differences between the various versions of a scholarly article?
There are three primary versions of a scholarly article:
- Preprint: the original version of your article that you wrote and submitted to the journal.
- Other terms: Author's Original Manuscript (AOM), Author's Original (AO), Submitted Version
- Postprint: the version of your article after peer-review but before the final publisher formatting. It should NOT look like the final version. It is typically a Word document.
- Other terms: Accepted Manuscript, Author's Accepted Manuscript, AM
- Final version: the final, published version of your article with all of the publisher formatting. It will likely contain headers, footers, page numbers, typesetting, etc.
- Other terms: Version of Record (VoR), Published Version, Published Article, Final Version, Final Published Version, Publisher PDF
Whether or not you are allowed to submit one or more of these versions to an institutional repository like ScholarlyCommons depends on your publisher's policies. The ScholarlyCommons team offers a faculty assisted submission process which provides a detailed rundown of permissions for your entire CV (faculty only). To learn more about this and other offerings, visit our services page.
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