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Using all the information in the publishing agreements and open access policies, and to be interoperable with the RoMEO/SHERPA database, the OAKList classifies publishers and publications using the RoMEO/SHERPA colour categories:

ROMEO Colour Archiving policy
Green can archive pre-print and post-print
Blue can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
Yellow can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
White archiving not formally supported

What does Pre-print, Post-print and Publisher Version mean?


A pre-print is the version of a paper before peer review. It is also known as the submitted version or submitted manuscript under review


A post-print is the version of an article after peer review, with revisions having been made. This includes the author.s final manuscript and the publisher.s own version as it appears in the journal. The content of these two versions are substantially the same even though the appearance may differ due to formatting and layout differences. The author.s final manuscript version is also known as the accepted manuscript.

Peter Suber recognises these two versions of post-print. [1]

Publisher Version

Publisher Version is a form of the post-print that is copy-edited and formatted as it appears in the journal. The publisher version is also know as the version of record.

For more information on these definitions, see the SHERPA Project.

[1] Peter Suber explains that it is important to distinguish two kinds of "post-print": "(a) those that have been peer reviewed but not copy-edited and (b) those that have been both peer reviewed and copy-edited. Some journals give authors permission to deposit the first kind of postprint but not the second kind in an OA repository". Peter Suber, Open Access Overview available at http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm at 15 January 2007. These definitions have been used by the European Research Advisory Board in its December 2006 Final Report, Scientific Publication: Policy on Open Access pp 6 and 7 available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/eurab/pdf/eurab_scipub_report_recomm_dec06_en.pdf at 15 January 2007.