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Scholarly Communication: Sharing Your Research

Author's Rights

As a copyright holder, you may choose to transfer some or all of your rights to your work (detailed in Section 106 of U.S. copyright law) to a publisher or license your work under specific use terms. It's important to understand your options, so you can make an informed choice that will allow you to share your work how you want to in the future.

Pre-prints, Post-prints, and Publisher PDFs

Depending on publisher policy and the agreement you signed, you may be able to make a version of your article publicly available on your website, in a disciplinary repository, and in ScholarWorks, BGSU's publishing platform.

Publisher self-archiving policies will specify which version of your article you can post online. The most common are:

  • Pre-print: the version of your article before peer-review;
  • Post-print (also called a final accepted manuscript): the version of your article after peer-review but before publisher formatting and design; and
  • Publisher's PDF: the final version of your article that appears on the publisher's website.

For more information about the different versions of an article, check out Pre-prints, Post-prints, and Publisher's PDF Explained.

Didn't Keep the Earlier Versions of Your Articles?

If the publisher doesn't allow you to post the final version of your article and you didn't keep your manuscripts, it's possible you may still be able to retrieve them from the publisher's manuscript submission system.

Direct2AAM provides step-by-step instructions on how to download your final accepted manuscript from several major systems, including:

  • ScholarOne (Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, and Emerald journals)
  • eJournalPress (Nature et al.)
  • Editorial Manager (Elsevier and SpringerNature journals)
The guide is in development, and instructions for additional systems will be added in the future.