[Taxacom] e-publication of EarlyView: clarification needed

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Sep 12 01:28:44 CDT 2012

Hi Rich (CC Peter Cranston, Zhi-Qiang Zhang, and Taxacom),
Please can you clarify something for us? Some journals, like Systematic Entomology, for example, publish EarlyView articles ahead of the print edition (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-3113/earlyview).
These articles are not assigned to an issue, nor do they have their final pagination, but are in all other ways, it seems, final versions. The amendment states: 
21.8.3. Some works are accessible online in preliminary versions before the publication date of the final version. Such advance electronic access does not advance the date of publication of a work, as preliminary versions are not published (Article 9.9).
It is a little unclear to me if EarlyView articles like those mentioned above, count as final versions before assignment to an issue and final pagination? It seems to me that they should count as final versions, because there doesn't have to be a print edition any more, and a true e-only journal need not be structured in volumes/issues. Ironically, if you do consider the electronic and print editions to be effectively different journals, then the EarlyView articles are final versions, but if you don't, then the version changes when the print version is finally published ...

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