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Preprint policy at Cambridge University Press

A ‘preprint’ is an early version of an article prior to the version accepted for publication in a journal.

Our editorial guidelines require that articles submitted to our journals not be previously published, or be under simultaneous review for publication, in part or in whole within an academic journal, book or similar entity. However, deposition of a preprint anywhere else shall not be viewed as prior publication.

Upon acceptance of an article for publication the author must be able to agree to the terms of the relevant journal’s Licence to Publish or Copyright Assignment form. After the article is published, the preprint can still be shared and used under its original licence terms.

It is best practice to link preprints and the published article (the ‘Version of Record’). If appropriate, we encourage authors to include details of preprint posting, including DOI or other persistent identifier, when submitting to a journal. Authors are also encouraged to ensure that the preprint record is later updated with a DOI and a URL link to the published version of the article if their article is accepted.

For further information, please see our Green Open Access policy, or contact