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If I publish a pre-print paper on arXiv, how can I guarantee exclusive rights to the publisher afterwards? Am I unable to publish on non-open access journals after I publish a pre-print on arXiv ?

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Although most journals allow publication of the pre-print (before peer review version) elsewhere, they only do so after they accepted and published the final version of the paper. Otherwise they might take it as previous publication and reject the manuscript. Russel O'Connor ran into this problem with the ACM when he tried to secure open access and free use by putting the material into public domain by uploading it to the ArXiv before submitting it to the ACM.