Re: Author's final draft and citing

From: Sally Morris (Morris Associates) <"Sally>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 17:55:59 +0100

It would serve everyone's interests for the terminology used to be both
logical and consistent; there is no 'pro-publisher' agenda, hidden or
otherwise, in the NISO recommendations as a quick look at the list of those
involved will show


Sally Morris
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-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Stevan Harnad
Sent: 30 September 2008 19:38
Subject: Re: Author's final draft and citing

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 Fri Oct 03 2008 - 01:08:17 BST

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