Monday, 26 October 2020

Referencing an online first article

As a member of the Academy of Management and a SAGE reviewer, I often am able to access 'in press' or 'online first' articles. It is wonderful for teaching to get a heads up on what may be the embryo of a coming specialist issue, and have the hot, steaming research in my little greedy hands.

However, referencing 'in press' or 'online first' articles seems to be a bit contested. Almost everyone I know tackles it a little differently. And I must admit that it is an APA format which just doesn't seem to 'stick' for me: each time I have to reference an online first article, I need to go and look it up again in the APA Manual (APA, 2019).

While "online first" or "online publication" is not in the index, "Advance online publication" is (APA, 2019, p. 407). Yay!

There are three entries which relate to this: 8.5 for the date we should use; 9.14 for the citation; and 10.1 for the reference construction itself. So, for example, if I were referencing the following article by Yip et al. (2020), what I have once I go onto the SAGE journal page is:
Yip, J., Li, H., Ensher, E. A., & Murphy, S. E. (2020). Beyond Logic and Intuition: Development and Validation of a Career Discernment Scale. Journal of Career Development.
We need to include the DOI, and make the link live if our article will be published online. We then insert the words "Advance online publication" after the journal name and a full stop. Additionally, "Advance online publication" is not italicised. Further, we don't need to include a page range (and I am not sure why that is).
Yip, J., Li, H., Ensher, E. A., & Murphy, S. E. (2020). Beyond Logic and Intuition: Development and Validation of a Career Discernment Scale. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845319897824
It is always nice to know how to do it properly!


Sam

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