Skip to Main Content

Scholarly Communications

The Three Versions of your Article

Whether you're publishing onto DalSpace or an academic journal, your article will go through rounds of editing and review. This generates multiple versions of your article. There are three versions that are important to differentiate in regards to publishing and author rights and they are as follows:


Any and all versions of your article that you generate while writing and informal editing fall under pre-print. 


Once your pre-print is submitted for peer review, the end product is known as a post-print.


When the post-print is copyedited and formatted for publication in a journal, it becomes the published version. The shareability of the published article depends on the copyright of the journal and the contact signed between the author and the publisher. Unless the authors retain copyright, this version often cannot be shared. 


Diagram adapted from diagram made by Thomas Shafee ( Creative Commons License