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City Research Online and REF

What version should be uploaded?

What version of a paper needs to be uploaded to CRO?

  • Author's accepted manuscript (AAM) where the output has been published traditional way
    • The manuscript must be free to download and allow for electronic searching within the text
  • Published version where the output has been published using Gold Open Access route (which requires a payment of the Article Processing Charge by the author and the output is published with a Creative Commons License) 

Author's accepted manuscript

Section 1. Before transfer of copyright. Left to right: Step 1. Submit article to journal. Step 2. Peer review. Step 3. Edit. (these steps may go back and forth). Step 4. Accepted by publisher. 

The Pre-print is not an accepted version. The Author accepted manuscript is an accepted version.

Section 2. After transfer of copyright. Step 4. Copy edited and typeset. Step 5. Published online. Step 6. Published in print.

The proofs are not an accepted version. The version of record is not an accepted version.

Author's accepted manuscript

  • Also known as 'Accepted manuscript' or 'Post-print'
  • The version of the paper sent to the publisher which is accepted by the publisher
  • Has been peer-reviewed
  • Incorporates changes suggested by the peer-review
  • Tends to be a Word document
  • Won't (in most cases) include any of the publisher's typesetting such as logos and page numbers