1. Can I archive the final published PDF instead of the Author’s post-print (or accepted manuscript)?
Yes, some publishers do allow libraries to make their final published PDF freely available online (usually open access publishers), but most publishers only permit the Author’s post-print (or accepted manuscript) to be archived; however this version’s content is very close to the final published version. Wherever publisher agreements allow, the library will deposit the final published PDF instead of the Author’s post-print (or accepted manuscript).
2. Is the proof or off-print the same as the post-print version?
No, unlike post-prints which are produced by the author, proofs and offprints are delivered to the author from the publisher. Proofs and offprints have been formatted and reflect any layout or copyediting done by the publisher in preparation for publication. Proofs and offprints should not be deposited in institutional repositories.