I want to publish a paper I wrote as a preprint. Anyhow, the paper in its original form has 12 pages (let's call that "version A"). Version A anyhow was rejected, so I compiled a reviewed version for another conference (IEEE) with 10 pages (version B). Here, the paper got accepted as a short paper, requiring it to be shortened to 8 pages (version C), being the camera ready version to be published (non-open access).
Because a lot of content had to be left out in version C, I want to publish the original version A as a preprint. Anyhow, I am not sure how this works in terms of the preprint conditions of IEEE.
In https://www.ieee.org/content/dam/ieee-org/ieee/web/org/pubs/author_faq.pdf, IEEE defines a differentiation of an "accepted manuscript" and a "published version" of papers:
- "Version B" is the "accepted manuscript"
- "Version C" is the "published version"
Now, version A is not exactly part of this definition. If at all, it might be seen as a precursor (or extension) of the accepted manuscript.
Besides adding the link to the published version in the preprint, what do I need to do to not run into any problems with copyright when publishing version A on arXiv? Also, must I or may I change the title, indicating that this is a preprint version?
My questions are for IEEE published papers:
- What conditions for preprint publishing apply to a paper version that is different from "accepted manuscript" and "published version"?
- Can a preprint's title differ from the published version?