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Recently, I got an acceptance of a journal paper, where I am allowed to self-archive its preprint version in my own repository/website.

My question is whether I am allowed to upload it to RG before publication, assuming that my RG page is a personal web page. If 'yes', what should I mention in the publication date entry, knowing that it is compulsory?

  • Don't mention the date. Is it compulsory? – Coder Jul 17 '17 at 8:40
  • I must enter the date in the RG form. On the other hand, should I understand that I am allowed to upload it? – Younes Jul 17 '17 at 8:42
  • I supposed that acceptance does not mean a publication date and preprint should be the version submitted to the Journal which might not have a confirmed date of it's publication. – Coder Jul 17 '17 at 8:44
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    RG is not a personal website or institution repositories. It seems that there are many discussion here related to this issue (I saw earlier). Why don't you just upload abstract and link to the IEEE DOI? – Mithun Jul 17 '17 at 13:53
  • Why don't you just upload abstract and link to the IEEE DOI? — Because that wouldn't make the paper freely available. – JeffE Jul 17 '17 at 18:40
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First you should note that ResearchGate is unlikely to be considered self archiving by the publisher. While they may allow it, you should confirm. You should also ask about embargo periods. Assuming the publisher has told you the publication date is compulsory when self archiving, it is not unreasonable to ask what you should do at this stage.

In the absence of guidance, you could use something like forth coming or in press in place of the date.

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