Re: Author's final draft and citing

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 14:37:42 -0400

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 1:26 PM, Sally Morris (Morris Associates)
<> wrote:
> Setting aside for the moment all arguments about who should do
> what with which versions, it would be an excellent idea if all players
> started using the standard terminology for different article versions,
> as advocated by NISO - see
> The term 'postprint' is particularly confusing, and should be
> abandoned forthwith, IMHO!

One wonders whose interests it would serve if we were to act in
accordance with Sally's HO: the worldwide research community's or the
worldwide publisher community's (including NISO's)?

"Preprint" means the unrefereed draft of a paper and "Postprint" means
the refereed draft (accepted for publication).

"Postprint" covers both the author's final, accepted draft and the
publisher's proprietary PDF. But, as I pointed out -- and that was the
whole point of my posting -- for purposes of research and researcher
usage, the critical watershed is peer review: The postprint is
anything past that watershed. Further distinctions among postprints
are irrelevant to Open Access as well as to questions about citation:

Cite the published work, and access whichever postprint you can access.


Stevan Harnad
Received on Tue Sep 30 2008 - 19:39:21 BST

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