Answered By: Reeti Brar
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2020     Views: 2511

You may find that an article you would like to cite is listed as an advance online publication, a preprint, or perhaps published online before print. These terms can be confusing, as different journals may have varying interpretations of what they mean: sometimes it's the complete article that is published electronically, which is the same that will shortly appear in the print journal. Sometimes it's an early edition of an article, which may be subjected to further review or refinements. Sometimes it's the complete article, and it will only appear as an online resource.

You are able to use these articles in your reference list, provided you include the author, date of the version you used, DOI, and the article and journal titles. You would also include a descriptive statement, depending on your referencing style. This could be the term 'forthcoming' or a phrase like 'advance online publication.'

APA 7th reference list example:

Muldoon, K., Towse, J., Simms, V., Perra, O., & Menzies, V. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of estimation, counting skills, and 
     mathematical ability across the first school year. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi:10.1037/a0028240

APA 6th reference list example:

Muldoon, K., Towse, J., Simms, V., Perra, O., & Menzies, V. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of estimation, counting skills, and 
     mathematical ability across the first school year. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0028240