In academic publishing , an eprint or e-print is a thesis , a paper, a book, or a book that is accessible online, whether from a local institutional , or a central (subject-or-discipline-based) digital repository . [1] [2] [3] [4]

When applied to journal articles, the term “eprints” covers both preprints (before peer reviews ) and postprints (after peer reviews).

Digital versions of materials other than research documents are not usually called e-prints, but some other name, such as e-books .

See also

  • Electronic article
  • Electronic newspaper
  • Electronic publishing
  • Open access


  1. Jump up^ Harnad, S., Carr, L., Brody, T. and Oppenheim, C. (2003). “Mandated online RAE CVs linked to university eprint archives”. Ariadne, 35.
  2. Jump up^ Swan, A., Needham, P., Probets, S., Muir, A., Oppenheim, C., O’Brien, A., Hardy, R., Rowland, F. and Brown, S. ( 2005). “Developing a model for e-prints and open access journal content in UK further and higher education”. Learned Publishing, 18 (1). pp. 25-40.
  3. Jump up^ Crow, Raym (2006). The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Paper ArchivedPosition2011-02-04 at theWayback Machine.. Discussion Paper. Scholarly Publication and Academic Resources Coalition, Washington, DC
  4. Jump up^ Swan, A. and Carr, L. (2008). “Institutions, their repositories and the Web”. Serials Review, 34 (1).