Recommendations for describing different versions of journal articles have been released by the National Information Standards Organization in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. The guidance, from the technical working group, gives “a simple, practical way of describing the versions of scholarly journal articles that typically appear online before, during, and after formal journal publication.” The guidelines aim to reduce the problem of multiple versions at different stages of the publication process being available online. The group explored the lifecycle of journal articles to identify common stages that describe the evolution of articles. See www.niso.org/publications/rp/RP-8-2008.pdf.
Thanks to Joan Marsh