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)
This is an example of an ACCEPTED MANUSCRIPT; defined as a manuscript draft after it has been peer reviewed but does not have publisher added content like pagination and logos.
The document has gone through the review process and the publisher and the author(s) have made all requested edits.
The author still holds all rights to this version of the manuscript and is the version that should be retained and sent to the NOAA IR for archiving.
This is an example of a GALLEY PROOF (or in this particular instance, the publisher refers to them an PRE-PROOFS).
This version of the manuscript is created AFTER the accepted manuscript, but before the final publisher version.
It is provided to authors as a final check for revisions and edits prior to final publication.
When you see VERSION OF RECORD (VOR), it refers to the authoritative version of an article; usually this is the PUBLISHER'S VERSION of a publication.
This is the final version of a manuscript, after all edits and typesetting, that is posted on the publisher's website.
Depending on copyright permissions this version can sometimes be archived in repositories.
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.
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.