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Citing Online First Articles

Each Online First article may be cited using the date that the article was published online and the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). DOIs provide a persistent, permanent way to identify articles published in the online environment, even after they are assigned to a print issue. More information about the DOI system can be found at https://doi.org. Each article DOI is registered with CrossRef (www.crossref.org), allowing permanent resolution to each article and giving publishers the ability to link their reference to articles whenever they are cited.

Special Publications

Every Online First article is citeable using the date of the first online posting:

Author, A. B. & Author, C. D. XXXX. The title of the article. In: Editor, A. & Editor, B. (eds) Title of the Special Publication. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, XXX. First published online Month XX, 20XX, https://doi.org/10.1144/SPXXX.XX

If an updated version of this article is published then this is how it should be cited:

Author, A. B. & Author, C. D. XXXX. The title of the article. In: Editor, A. & Editor, B. (eds) Title of the Special Publication. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, XXX. First published online Month XX, 20XX, Month XX, 20XX, https://doi.org/10.1144/SPXXX.XX

The same article in its final format including updated by versioning would be cited:

Author, A. B. & Author, C. D. XXXX. The title of the article. In: Editor, A. & Editor, B. (eds) Title of the Special Publication. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, XXX, xxx–xxx. First published online Month X, 20XX, updated Month XX, 20XX, https://doi.org/10.1144/SPXXX.XX

Journals

Every Online First journal article is citeable using the date of the first online posting:

Author, A. B. & Author, C. D. XXXX. The title of the article. Journal title. First published online Month XX, 20XX, https://doi.org/10.1144/SPXXX.XX

If an updated version of this article is published then this is how it should be cited:

Author, A. B. & Author, C. D. XXXX. The title of the article. Journal Title. First published online Month XX, 20XX, updated Month XX, 20XX, https://doi.org/10.1144/SPXXX.XX

The same article when assigned to an issue (including any updates by versioning) would be cited:

Author, A. B. & Author, C. D. XXXX. The title of the article. Journal Title, XX, xxx-xxx. First published online Month X, 20XX, updated Month XX, 20XX, https://doi.org/10.1144/SPXXX.XX