Terminology

Definitions of terminology used in relation to the REF open access policy.

Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM): Peer-reviewed version of your paper, final and accepted for publication but not yet typeset by the publisher (i.e. no official logo, specific formatting, or journal page numbers). This is the version the journal gives final acceptance to. Equivalent to the post-print and the Author’s Final Version.

Author’s Final Version (AFV): Peer-reviewed version of your paper, final and accepted for publication but not yet typeset by the publisher (i.e. no official logo, specific formatting, or journal page numbers). This is the last version you would send to the publisher before publication. Equivalent to the post-print and the Author’s Accepted Manuscript.

Camera-ready copy (CRC): Author's final version, particularly of a conference paper, which is the last version submitted by the author to the publisher for inclusion in conference proceedings.

Date of Acceptance (DoA): The date the journal/conference notified you of unconditional acceptance for publication (i.e. when your paper is not subject to further peer-review). This can be the date of an email, or the date quoted on the top of an acceptance letter. 

Embargo: The period during which access to the post-print (or AFV, or AAM) is restricted. The length of the embargo is usually 6 to 12 months from the date of publication depending on the journal. The embargo details are checked and enforced by the RDM team with regards to Pure/Edinburgh Research Explorer outputs.

Output: The product of your research. This includes, but is not limited to, articles, conference contributions and book chapters.

Pre-print: Version of your paper originally submitted to the journal, still to undergo peer review. While the manuscript may have undergone some review (e.g. has been read by colleagues), it is still to undergo a formal peer review process as dictated by the journal, and further edits are normally required before publication.

Post-print: Peer-reviewed version of your paper, final and accepted for publication but not yet typeset by the publisher (i.e. no official logo, specific formatting, or journal page numbers). This is the subsequent version of your pre-print following peer-review. Equivalent to the Author’s Accepted Manuscript and the Author’s Final Version.