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What is the difference between pre-print, final author's version and publisher's version?

  • Pre-print: the first draft of the article, prior to peer review.
  • Final author’s version: the version that follows the peer-review process and has been accepted for publication. This version does not include the publisher’s formatting, such as page numbers, volume and issue. Also known as author’s accepted manuscript (AAM) or post-print.
  • Publisher’s version: the final PDF of the published article. Also known as ‘version of record’.
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