I have submitted my PhD thesis and am searching for postdoc positions. However, every position has something on the lines of "Postdoctoral applicants should also attach your most important publications." I had published a work from my PhD two years back, while one is under review at the moment. The one under review being the accurate representative of the novelty of work done in my PhD.

My question is: Can I send the manuscript under review as an example of my work? Is there an accepted/legal way of doing it, like sending the submitted copy generated by the journal?

  • I actually had the same question in the general case, not only for a Postdoc position. What if I contact someone for a position or collaboration/co-advisorship, and my only relevant work is a manuscript in preparation (but with nice results)?
    – nara
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 15:18
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    Do people in your field utilize preprints, such as via arxiv or biorxiv?
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 15:25

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You can send it if you clearly label it as under review and not yet accepted. Name the journal reviewing it as well.

I don't see any problem with this as long as you are honest about its current status. Of course you should also include other publications if available. But in your labeling of this paper you can give your personal assessment of its importance in your work. People can do their own evaluation.

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    This is usually true, but in quite a few competitions for postdoctoral fellowships, it is very clearly required that the papers be published, and inclusion of preprints will likely lead to automatic rejection by an administrator. Read the instructions for the application. Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 11:37

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