AAM – Author’s Accepted Manuscritpt

Final version of the article, already peer-reviewed and accepted for publication, usually still lacking the editorial layout, or in the editorial layout courtesy of the publisher. Synonym for post-print

ADC – Article Development Charge

Contribution required by academic publishers to allow the author to publish their post-print in a dedicated repository, without having to wait for the embargo period

APC – Article Processing Charge

Financial contribution required by academic publishers to make an academic work available in open access. It may be paid by the author, the author’s institution or the author’s research funder

CC – Creative Commons LICENCE

Concession applied to an intellectual work to guarantee its free use, free sharing and modification. They allow the author to define the conditions of use of their digitally distributed work.

DMP – Data Management Plan

Structured and evolving document that lists the set of actions to produce, analyze, archive, preserve and share the data generated by a research

DOI – Digital Object Identifier

Unique and persistent identifier for digital objects


It consists of the double payment that is paid to a commercial publisher, both for subscribing (i.e. for reading) and for publishing (i.e. for making a contribution available for open access that is published within an editorial product normally accessible by subscription ). The same publication, so-called hybrid, therefore presents both articles available for open access and articles available only through subscription.


Period of time, of variable duration, during which a certain content is subject to an access restriction and normally only available for a fee or reserved for subscribers. Once the embargo period is over, the publisher grants the author the possibility to distribute the resource in open access.


The FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) are good practices for disseminating research data and ensure that data is visible, traceable and reusable.


Open Access publishing business model based on double dipping.


The International Standard Serial Number is the numerical code, consisting of 8 digits, which identifies serial publications such as magazines, series, newspapers, periodicals, monographic series and all other serial publications.


A well-established form of peer review that serves to validate research work close to publication, it is carried out by experts in the field to guarantee the scientific quality of the published research.


Predatory publishing is an illicit practice that has developed in recent years to exploit the need of researchers to publish quickly, with the false promise of fast peer-review and rapid publication and wide dissemination.


It indicates the original version of a scientific manuscript, which is uploaded to a public server, in the format prior to revision.


Final version of the article, already subjected to peer-review and accepted for publication, but without the editorial layout, or in the form granted by the publisher for distribution as a post-print. Synonym of AAM – Author’s Accepted Manuscript


Research data management: it indicates the practices and methods for managing research data, often according to shared standards


Archive that allows you to deposit, share and preserve data collected by scientific communities. It also allows the citation, exploration and analysis of deposited research data.


It refers to temporary contracts, ideally short-term, between publishers and institutions (libraries and consortia) with the aim of moving from a model based on subscription payments to a model in which publishers are remunerated for open access publishing services.


It indicates the definitive form of a text in the editorial layout (therefore post revision and post editorial editing).