Accepted manuscript (AM) (also called author accepted manuscript (AAM) or postprint)
The version of an article, book chapter, or conference paper after peer review and revision and before copyediting and proofs. Usually the accepted manuscript is in MSWord but it may also be a PDF. Any version bearing the publisher's watermark or logo or a digital object identifier is NOT an accepted manuscript. Authors are encouraged when working with a journal or book publisher to carefully name their files in order to identify their accepted manuscript. If your accepted manuscript is only in a publisher's portal, contact us for help. Here is an example of an accepted manuscript in Academic Works.
Most publishers allow authors to self-archive and some also allow authors to self-archive the published version of their work!
When an author transfers copyright to a publisher, they still retain certain rights including the right to add their scholarship to Academic Works. The copyright transfer will address self-archiving and may provide other guidance related to your rights. If you no longer have your copyright transfer agreement, it is easy to look up a journal or publisher's policy using SHERPA RoMEO or just reach out for help.
Before you transfer your copyright, you can negotiate for more rights to self-archive your work using the SPARC Addendum.
A waiting period until your content can be downloaded by readers. Embargo periods are set by commercial publishers. Some commercial publishers do not require embargo periods for their content. Consult SHERPA RoMEO for details or contact us for help.
Green open access
Self-archiving is sometimes called green open access. It refers to an authors right to share their work in a repository. When an author publishes their scholarship and it is immediately available, that is called gold open access.
Most colleges and universities (and research centers) have an institutional repository like Academic Works. Institutional repositories serve to showcase and preserve the scholarly and creative output of a college or university.
Self-archiving refers to when an author adds their content to a repository. Repositories include preprint and subject-oriented repositories, for example, arXiv for physics. Academic Works is an institutional repository for CUNY and each college including City Tech.