Taylor & Francis offers a rapid publication option called Accepted Manuscripts Online (AMO). What this means is that authors can have their peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts posted on the Taylor & Francis website before they have been copy-edited. These articles are available in PDF format only. This option allows new knowledge to be made available to readers in the shortest possible time.
Several Taylor & Francis journals now offer the AMO option, eliminating the problem of backlogs of accepted papers waiting to be published. Once each article has been copy-edited and typeset, the author has the opportunity to check the proofs as normal, and the final corrected version will then be published as the Version of Scholarly Record, replacing the AMO version on Taylor & Francis Online.
On Taylor & Francis Online, AMO articles can be found in the “latest articles” list for each journal, highlighted with a red flag:
Rolling your mouse over the red flag brings up the following text: “Accepted author version. Not yet edited or proofed.”
Papers posted online as AMO articles are clearly identified as such with the use of a watermark:
Some journal editors have welcomed the AMO option, as it makes articles accessible more quickly, allowing them to be cited using the DOI as early as possible. Our experience has been that it works extremely well for journals with plenty of articles coming through the submission and peer review stages. It avoids bottlenecks and allows journals to compete with others in their field.
This option also addresses the issue of publication speed from the authors’ point of view, something which we know affects their choice of journal. It means that the article can be cited earlier, and also that it can be discovered by readers more quickly on PubMed. It also means that authors don’t need to ask about the status of their manuscript.
If you are interested in the AMO option and think it might be suitable for your journal, please consult your Taylor & Francis Managing Editor.