A colleague wishes to publish a pre-print as a "working paper" after the revised manuscript has gone through the peer review process and accepted for publication.

The rationale is that firstly, there is a long wait (over a year) until the manuscript is published by the journal; and, secondly, the publisher allows the author to deposit the pre-print at any time in an institutional repository.

My question is: Is a working paper series an "institutional repository"? Shouldn't the pre-print be submitted to the working paper series prior to peer review and journal acceptance?

  • I don't understand the rationale. If the author is allowed to "deposit the pre-print at any time in an institutional repository", then why doesn't he just do that? He could, for instance, make the pre-print available on his website until the paper is published. What's the benefit of putting it in a working papers publication?
    – Sverre
    Oct 7, 2017 at 15:18
  • Thanks! I couldn't understand the rationale too. My understanding is that a working paper series is a "publication outlet" and not an "institutional repository". Is that common understanding, or am I wrong?
    – confused
    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:22


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