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Publication process after acceptance

Provisional Acceptance

If your paper is accepted as suitable for publication you will be sent a provisional acceptance decision. This enables you to upload the final files required for production: (1) the final PDF or Word version of the paper, designated as a ‘main document’; (2) any source files which must be designated as ‘production (not for review)’ and uploaded as a single .zip or .tar file.


On receipt of the production files you will be sent an email indicating completion of the acceptance process.

The corresponding author will also receive an email from “Cambridge University Press via Ironclad” (* asking them to complete an Information Request Form. This is the first step towards signing a licence to publish agreement, which is a requirement that needs to be fulfilled before a paper can be published. Under the agreement, certain rights are granted to the journal owner which allow publication of the paper. The original ownership of the copyright in the paper remains unchanged. For further details, please see our publishing agreement page.

Please note that an article cannot proceed to Cambridge Production without a completed agreement.

Publication Process

Once a paper has been accepted for publication, the source files have been uploaded and the publishing agreement signed, the manuscript will be sent to Cambridge University Press for copyediting and typesetting, and will be assigned a digital object identifier (doi). When the proof is ready, authors will receive an email alert containing a link to the PDF of the proof, and instructions for its correction and return. It is imperative that authors check their proofs closely, particularly the equations and figures, which should be checked against the accepted file, as the production schedule does not allow for corrections at a later stage. Your JPP article will be published straight into an issue online as soon as it is ready. The PDF published online is the Version of Record and no further alterations/corrections to this document will be allowed.

For further information please refer to our central production guide and production FAQs.