Scholarly Communications Report, Fall 2017

A report on scholarly communications at UNHL, including a call for publications, news about the new LawArXiv repository, and an explanation about the differences between publication types typically found in repositories.

Call for Scholarly Communications

Do you have any scholarly articles, book chapters, briefs, op-eds, or other publications that you would like to promote and share with your colleagues? The UNH Law Library maintains an open access repository of scholarly publications just for this purpose. Library staff will obtain copyright permissions, prepare an appropriate digital copy, develop metadata to enhance discovery, and track readership. All you have to do is give us basic citation information and we will take care of the rest. Please contact Ellen Phillips for more information.


With the recent sale of both SSRN and bepress to Elsevier, many people have been asking about alternatives such as LawArXiv. This is a new pre-print subject repository service for forthcoming works that is part of a larger framework with many other subject repositories. The law library is trying to determine the best way to roll out this new service. Contact Sue Zago if you’re interested in either submitting your own work or need help with the submission process.

Pre-print vs. Post-print vs. Publisher Version

When using any repository it can be helpful to be aware of the terms used to describe the differences between the various stages a published item goes through.

Although definitions vary, it is generally accepted that a pre-print has not been through any sort of peer-review or other editorial process. It is considered a working paper and revisions are likely. Post-print generally implies that the paper has been reviewed, and it does not include publisher formatting such as journal headers. Publisher versions are the final version of the paper as it appeared in a journal, book, or other edited compilation.

UNH Law uses Digital Commons to host the UNH Scholars’ Repository, and the law school uses this platform to republish scholarly articles. Newly created LawArXiv is meant for pre-prints.

You can read more about the differences between preprints, post-prints and publisher versions here and here.