Academic Journals: What is a Preprint?

Journal publishing impacts your field, your career (RPT), and how you cultivate an audience. This guide provides information on how to find the right journal (i.e. audience) for your work and ways to make your article easily accessible.

Glossary of Terms

Peer review is the anonymous evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field. In a peer review process, independent and qualified people in the same field examine an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas for accuracy and quality. 

A preprint is a scholarly work that has typically not undergone peer review. The term preprint is sometimes used to refer to the manuscript that is submitted for publication but has not yet been subject to editorial or peer review.

A postprint is a scholarly work that has undergone peer-review and has been accepted for publication. A postprint could be the published version, also called the version of record, or it could be the author’s accepted manuscript (AAM). The author’s accepted manuscript has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. The AAM may be the same as the publisher’s version or it might have slightly different formatting, pagination or copyediting.

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