My publication was accepted by a journal, however I want to post it online prior to publication.

BioRxiv was the original repository of choice, however they do not accept articles accepted by other journals.

Question: Are there archives that accept pre-prints that've already been accepted by a journal?

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    Just to check, are you sure that the journal that's accepted your manuscript is cool with you putting it up on a pre-print service?
    – Nat
    Feb 21, 2018 at 23:30

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arXiv has no such restrictions as far as I know. If your copyright agreement with the journal allows you to post the article on preprint servers, then arXiv will happily accept it before or after acceptance / publication.

When posting to arXiv, you'll need to choose a license that's compatible with your agreement with the journal.

  • On the submission page "*Author Approvals Please indicate that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript, and that it hasn't been accepted or published elsewhere."
    – Nakx
    May 1, 2019 at 6:41
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    @Nakx: Which submission page is that? I just went through a dummy submission on arXiv and I didn't see that text at any point. May 1, 2019 at 13:48
  • My mistake, I was talking about biorxiv I got confused.
    – Nakx
    May 2, 2019 at 0:49

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