Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Anyone have experience with citations for articles with Digital Object Identifiers

An accounting professor has asked my assistance in citing an article that was published in the Journal of Business Ethics last August as an Online First publication (Springer's version of rapid publication.) It has a DOI number but no volume or page number. This was a first for me.

I found some sources that explain the DOI citations.
SpringerLink Features
Online First™
This innovation in research publishing permits access to peer-reviewed articles well before print publication. Article text is searchable, and citable by Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Online FirstTM significantly accelerates the circulation of critical discoveries in interested research communities."

Unfortunately, the Springer web site didn't seem to have information about DOI citations.

I came across this guide from Vanderbilt University's library about APA style guide for journal articles with assigned DOI numbers. (Scroll down.) (Harvard's Citation Guide doesn't have any mention of DOI numbers.)

The problem here is the article doesn't have the pages numbered and there's no volume but the online publication date is August 1, 2007.

So, I kept looking and came up with this information from the British Journal of Pharmacology, published by the same group as Nature, and they had information at:

This is what I would suggest:

Nurnberg, H. & D. P. Lackey. Ethical reflections on company-owned life insurance. Journal of Business Ethics, Online First, August 1, 2007. DOI 10.1007/s10551-007-9472-7.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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