My paper is in the late stage of peer-review and probably will be accepted once I complete the last minor revisions, but it is not formally accepted yet. During peer-review the manuscript changed quite a lot because of the helpful comments by the reviewers.

The journal is not open access and therefore I want to upload the manuscript to a public repository like arxiv to make it more accessible. The last version of my manuscript that I plan to upload is probably close to the final published version once it is accepted.

The publisher of the journal is Wiley-Blackwell, according to the sherpa/romeo database it is in the yellow category: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php?id=2050&la=en&fIDnum=|&mode=simple&format=full

They allow pre-prints, but it says 'pre-refereeing', so I am not completely sure if it is allowed to upload a pre-print at this stage.

  • Ask them. They set the rules.
    – Buffy
    May 4, 2019 at 15:21
  • Pre-refereeing sounds like it excludes exactly what you want to do.
    – henning
    May 4, 2019 at 15:37
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    In addition to what @Buffy suggested, you could also ask your University library, or whoever is responsible at your institution, whether they have a wholesale open-access agreement with Wiley. Many universities have one these days, since they want to ensure that your work is widely distributed.
    – henning
    May 4, 2019 at 15:43
  • @Buffy ,henning, thanks, I will ask the Editor. The Wiley pre-print policy asks to update the preprint with the accepted version so I assume they are OK with it anyways: authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/…
    – spore234
    May 4, 2019 at 15:49
  • Is the specific journal not listed in the SHERPA/RoMEO database?
    – Anyon
    May 4, 2019 at 16:38

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The link to the Wiley policy states that you cannot update the pre-print (submitted version) with the accepted version: "Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to non-commercial servers at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article." The update is only a link to the published version. The accepted version can only be posted open access after 12 month as stated in Sherpa/RoMEO.

A version including changes that came in during peer review is no longer the submitted version.

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    thanks, I think you're right. On one hand I'm glad that I didn't publish the initial submission as a pre-print because peer review fixed some mistakes and made it better, on the other hand it's sad that I cannot make this improved version publicly available. I don't have the money for open access.
    – spore234
    May 4, 2019 at 17:33
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    @spore234 I totally understand that you are glad you didn't publish a pre-print with mistakes in it. On the other hand, I once published a pre-print with a significant mistake in it and - since the journal has open peer review - everybody can still see this mistake, read the report of the reviewer indicating my mistake and my response stating that the reviewer was correct, I fixed the mistake, and did all simulations again. Years later, I started to like this kind of openess - even in the described case - because it brings transperency to science and proves that we are really peer reviewing. May 4, 2019 at 20:06
  • -1: A version including changes that came during peer review may or may not be a submitted version, but it is certainly not an accepted version at this stage. Wiley's policy being vague and ambiguous, the preprint can most probably be posted on arXiv. May 5, 2019 at 9:56
  • @SylvainRibault How could the submitted version (pre-print) already include changes that came in later during peer review? We talk neither about the submitted nor the accepted version. It's an "in between version". The rules for the submitted version are only that loose because no peer review effort was put into by the journal/editor/reviewers yet. Therefore, the loose rules for the submitted version won't apply to the "in between version" we talk about. If I wasn't willing to ask the editor or just do what I want with my manuscript, I'd stick to the stricter rules for the accepted version. May 5, 2019 at 11:24
  • @FuzzyLeapfrog : For some journals, any text you send to them is a submitted version, and you can have several submitted versions, including the final author's version before they take over and do their own formatting. Absent a more precise definition, anything that is written by the author (with no intervention from the journal) could therefore be considered a submitted version. May 5, 2019 at 11:36

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