A reprint is a re-publishing of material that has already been previously published. The word reprint is used in many fields.
In academic publishing, reprints are customized bulk article reproductions of material usually previously published in academic journals. Reprints from scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, in particular, are heavily used to generate awareness and interest across many audience types - referrers such as physicians, consumers, investors, and others. Reprints are traditionally ordered directly from a publisher; However, service providers also exist, serving as an intermediary that makes the procurement processes more efficient by providing a single source to support the procurement process regardless of the copyright owner. Often, these providers provide other services and technology solutions to support ordering by individuals, groups, and organizations such as health care companies.
Types by use
- Author reprint
- Commercial reprint
Types by content
Collectible card games
In collectible card games, a reprint is a card published in an earlier card set which is published again in a new card set. Often, the art on the card may be changed, or the text updated to reflect new errata.
Publishers will reprint classic comic books from years or even decades ago, often restoring the art with newer techniques. The reprints may be standalone comic books, compilation trade paperbacks, or back-ups in other comic books.
Comic books which sell out may be given a second (or more) printing in order to bring more copies to the distributor.