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Pre-Print Policy

In most instances, the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine does not consider posting to a pre-print server as prior publication. If submitting to the journal a manuscript that previously has been posted to a pre-print server, the author must disclose this fact in comments to the editor during the submission process. The author must submit only one version of the manuscript for consideration to the journal, regardless of how many versions have been posted to a pre-print server. Prior comments garnered by versions posted to a pre-print server should not be submitted to the journal. After the manuscript has been submitted to the journal for consideration, the version posted to a pre-print server may not be modified as a result of the journal’s peer-review process. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the following restrictions apply:
  • Under no circumstances are the authors allowed to make available on the pre-print server the accepted version of the manuscript (after peer-review).
  • Under no circumstances are the authors allowed to make available on the pre-print server the final version of the manuscript (after copyediting and formatting).
  • The version posted to the pre-print server must be updated to include a link to the final, published version on the journal’s website within 1 month after publication in the journal.