I'm giving a handout out at an upcoming lecture. It contains unpublished data that will soon (within the next year anyway, if accepted) be published. I trust the people at the conference to respect my wishes. What's a polite footer to include at the bottom of the handout to these ends?

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    Why would you want people not to cite your work?
    – JeffE
    Aug 21, 2015 at 15:18
  • I want them to cite the article now under preparation rather than a handout. Motivation is not purely scientific here - I also care about my citation index...
    – Teusz
    Aug 21, 2015 at 16:26

2 Answers 2


This is not a situation that calls for subtlety. I recommend adding large bold capital letters across the top of the first page:


I would also include a footnote at the bottom of the title page indicating where the final version will be made available.


A footer is likely to be overlooked.

Put the statement that this is unpublished, preliminary results, in your abstract or so.

You might also mark it by overprinting with "Preliminary" by using e.g. LaTeX' draftwatermark package.

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    +1. A watermark on every page is best. PowerPoint can also do this. Aug 21, 2015 at 15:37

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