Self-archiving: Author's files versus publisher's pdf

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 07:15:37 -0400

On Sat, 16 Apr 2005, RAPPAZ Francois wrote:

> One thing that surprised me in the evaluation of the time required to
> self-archived (e.g. is that the
> requirement of the "author's version" opposed to the "publisher's version"
> is not taken into account. The requirement of not using journal's PDF is
> made by a lot of big Publisher as you know all.
> My impression, as a librarian and from the small practical experience I
> have to convince our Faculty members to use our brand new repository, is
> that this version simply does not exist sometime, or that it is difficult
> to have it at least. Explanations I could imagine would be because of
> graphical elements missing, corrections and modifications maid to the
> publisher's files and the original version being not corrected, and so on.
> Is this a false problem ? If not, is this author's version preservation
> along the reviewing process a task that should not be pass by ?

It is a false problem.

(1) For articles accepted from *today* forward, the author's version
is definitely in existence on acceptance day (and earlier). That is OA's
first and foremost target.

(2) For articles where the author's version has been irrevocably erased or
discarded for some reason, convert the PDF back to text, extract the figures,
reformat the text, re-save it as PDF or HTML or whatever and there you have it.

Stevan Harnad

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