Friday, 18 April 2008

Standard names for versions of journal articles

The NISO / ALPSP Journal Article Version (JAV) Technical Working Group has just submitted its recommendations to ALPSP for approval.

To quote the project webpages: 'In the digital world, multiple versions of journal articles are often available online. This can cause confusion because there is no established way of identifying the various versions by either a common terminology or identification scheme. Versions of a journal differ in minor or major respects and 'preprints' and 'postprints' come in many variants.'

The draft recommendations will now be circulated to the ALPSP Council for approval and in the not-too-distance future we'll hopefully all be referring to the various stages in the lifecycle of journal articles by common names!

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