HTP Prints

HTP Prints Frequently Asked Questions

What is an eprint archive?

An eprint archive is used by scholars to circulate their work quickly and widely. An eprint is an electronic version of a document -- typically a research article. Sometimes it is a preliminary version (sometimes called a "preprint"), but it can also be the final version. Eprint archives are intended to supplement traditional mechanisms for the circulation of printed paper documents. Far greater and more rapid circulation of the document can be achieved by posting it on the archive at no cost to the author. Individual scholars can then be alerted efficiently to the presence of the work by informing them in a brief email of the eprint's unique ID code. Alternatively, scholars may subscribe to receive regular email updates of postings to the archive in areas of the history and theory of psychology that are of interest to them.

May I submit an incomplete paper or paper sketch?

While submitted work may be preliminary, it is expected that material posted forms a complete paper with all sections present, the language carefully edited and all footnotes, references, figures and other supporting material in place.

How does the archive differ from a journal?

A journal publishes material that has passed scrutiny by referees and has been edited by the editorial staff to bring it to the journal standards. The archive does not referee postings and does not edit them. The archive merely filters minimally to assure relevance to the scholarly study of the history and/or theory of psychology.

May I submit material to the archive that has appeared elsewhere?

The archive does not require or expect that material has not appeared elsewhere. However, if it has appeared elsewhere, the author must determine whether copyright was transferred from the author and whether the copyright agreement allows posting on the archive. While we do not object to duplication, the other source may.

Will posting on the archive affect subsequent attempts to publish in a journal?

This is a matter for the individual journals to decide. Our impression is that these policies are currently in flux with the trend towards greater tolerance. The precedent of the physicists' enormous eprint archive ( is strong. Papers posted there routinely proceed to refereed journals.

If I post an eprint on the archive and then publish it in a journal or volume, can I leave the eprint on the archive?

Individual journal policies vary on this question. Whatever the policy, the authoritative document is the copyright agreement you sign with the publisher. If that agreement requires you to remove the posted preprint, you should. Not all agreements require this.

May I remove an eprint once it is posted?

Yes. Papers can be removed. Unfortunately the eprint software does not allow you to remove documents automatically. Removal is initiated with a removal request, accessible through the links "Deposit Papers" -- "Review your documents in the archive." Archive staff will then remove the paper as quickly as possible, typically within two business days. All requests for removal will be honored, although we encourage you to leave preprints posted for stability of the archive's contents.

Is there any special connection between HTP Prints and any journal?


How long does it take after an eprint is deposited with the archive for it to become available to the public?

Allow two business days following the day the deposit is made. When an eprint is deposited, it immediately gets sent to the "submission buffer" where a staff member does a quick routine check of the eprint's suitability for HTP Prints. The document is then made publicly accessible via a search, though it may not appear immediately in the "browse tree."

Why can I not post a paper to a category in "Conferences and Volumes"?

These categories are dedicated to particular conferences and volumes. Only contributors designated by the conference organizers or volume editors may post papers.