A ‘preprint’ is the version of a paper that is submitted for peer review (to a journal or a conference). It has not been through the peer review process and has not been accepted for publication. Deposit of a pre-print in an institutional repository does not meet the open access requirements of research funding bodies.
The Authors Accepted Manuscript may also be called the post-print. This is the version following peer review with revisions made but without copyediting or formatting contributed by the publisher. Deposit of a Authors Accepted Manuscript in an institutional repository within twelve months of publication complies with the open access requirements of Australian and international research funding bodies.
The published article is the version ‘as published’ in the journal (sometimes called the ‘publisher’s PDF’). This version generally includes value added by the publisher, such as hyperlinked references, journal branding, typesetting (into columns) and pagination. Only a small proportion of all publishers will allow this version to be made open access, even after an embargo.
ACU authors currently report details of their research publications to Orion, where they are verified and then sent to Research Bank. ACU authors can send their authors accepted manuscript directly to Library Research Services and it will be attached to the corresponding Research Bank record.
Both the ARC and the NHMRC will accept self-archiving of the post-print or the published version of the manuscript within twelve months of publication. ACU authors are encouraged to deposit their post-prints as soon as possible after publication (for ease of location) and Research Bank staff will manage any publishing embargoes that may exist.