Publishing research results can be a complicated process, and it is important to know your rights as an author; especially in regards to your manuscript. The illustration below shows how a manuscript progresses throughout the publishing process. At each stage throughout the process a new version of the manuscript is created. Who retains "ownership" of the version is determined by the Author's Rights laid out in the Copyright Transfer Agreement with the publisher: all versions created prior to signing this agreement are owned by the author and those created after (such as proofs and the final published version) are owned by the publisher.
Image derived from Arthur Smith (2018)
Manuscript detectives – submitted, accepted or published? (2018, Arthur Smith). Details types of manuscripts, how to distinguish them, and more.
What Is An Accepted Manuscript? (2015, OSTI.gov) Defines accepted manuscripts.
The following publisher's allow the use of the final publisher's version (VOR) within the NOAA IR regardless of OA status:
For more information, please reference our Submission Decision Tree.