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  • is the final author's manuscript accepted by the publisher for publication
  • contains all the revisions made in the course of the peer review process
  • is equivalent to the published version in terms of content
  • is designed by the author
  • does not have a publisher layout or contain any publisher logos

Publishing houses rarely allow the use of the publisher PDF for publication in a repository.


Some publishing houses only permit the publication of articles in repositories after a so-called embargo from the first publication date. The embargo generally varies between 6 to 36 months.