Key definitions explained
Please find below a list of key terminology used in our Elsevier policies:
- Pre-print Definition: A pre-print is an author's own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer-reviewed, nor had any other value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy editing, technical enhancement, etc.).
- Accepted Author Manuscript (AAM) Definition: An accepted author manuscript (AAM) is the author's version of the manuscript of an article that has been accepted for publication and which may include any author-incorporated changes suggested through the processes of submission, peer review and editor-author communications. AAMs do not include other publisher value-added contributions such as copy-editing, formatting, technical enhancements and (if relevant) pagination.
- Published Journal Article (PJA) Definition: A published journal article (PJA) is the definitive final record of published research that appears or will appear in the journal and embodies all value-adding publisher activities including copy-editing, formatting and (if relevant) pagination.
Commercial use/purpose means: the use or posting for commercial gain, whether for a fee or for free, or to substitute for the services provided directly by the journal including:
The posting by companies of their employee - authored works for use by customers of such companies (e.g. pharmaceutical companies and physician - prescribers)
Commercial exploitation such as directly associating advertising with such posting or the charging of fees for document delivery or access.
Systematic distribution means: policies or other mechanisms designed to aggregate and openly disseminate, or to substitute for journal-provided services, including:
- The systematic distribution to others via e-mail lists or list servers (to parties other than known colleagues), whether for a fee or for free;
- The posting of links to articles by commercial third parties including pharmaceutical companies; and institutional, funding body or government manuscript posting policies or mandates that aim to aggregate and openly distribute the work by its researchers or funded researchers; and
- Subject repositories that aim to aggregate and openly distribute AAMs authored by researchers in specific subject areas.