OnlineFirst is a feature that allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted on-line prior to their inclusion in a journal volume/issue. This feature is commonly referred to as publish ahead of print, publish before print, continuous publishing.
OnlineFirst provides clear benefits to all researchers and users of the journal’s online content. The feature allows access to the very latest papers in the field. Authors also benefit from greatly reduced lead times between submission and publication of articles. An author’s research will therefore reach its audience more quickly, enabling an article to receive greater usage and exposure, including earlier citation opportunities by related work.
Once an OnlineFirst article is assigned to its final issue and given its bibliographic data, such as volume, issue, year and page numbers, the hosting of the article on-line transitions from the OnlineFirst listing to that of the completed issue. Citations using either the DOI or the bibliographic data will both resolve to the final article