We have recently begun requesting that scientists at the Institute of Cancer
Research (ICR) send us their pre-prints and post-prints for inclusion in the
ICR repository. Some scientists have since been in contact to say that most
publishers they deal with do not provide post-prints. Either they just send
the published version or they send a notification when the article has been
published. I thought at first that the scientists may be confused and that
the documents they took for published versions were in fact post-prints.
However, when I put this to them they were quite adamant that the documents
were published versions.
If this is true, this creates a big problem for us. Scientists are very
reluctant to submit pre-prints as these may contain serious factual
inaccuracies and so if we don't receive post-prints this will dramatically
reduce the number of documents we can include in the Repository.
Are our scientists correct: are there publishers who don't send post-prints?
If so, is there any way of encouraging them to send post-prints and will
they charge us for this?
Any information anyone could provide on this subject would be gratefully
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