Publishing your article: Online First
Once the initial proof has been corrected and finalized, the article is ready for Online First publication.
The article will be forwarded for online publication on SpringerLink in a week's time after the receipt of corrections.
After the article's online publication on SpringerLink, no corrections (including the order of the authors' names) can be made.
Changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.
Citation of an article using DOI
With Online First publication, the time it takes for critical discoveries to reach the research community is significantly reduced.
Online First lets users access peer reviewed articles well before print publication. These articles are searchable and citable by their DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Formatting depends on the reference style of the journal, but in principle you can simply use the DOI instead of volume and page numbers, as in the following example:
Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, Thevenet D, Nourry C, Nottin S, Bosquet L (2009) Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol. doi: 10.1007/s00421-008-0955-8
Publication in PubMed
Your article will be listed in PubMed two days after it is published online on SpringerLink.
Publishing your article in a journal issue
After OnlineFirst publication, the article is ready to be included in a (printed) journal issue. The OnlineFirst versions are paginated and the cover, table of contents and preliminary pages are created.
All issue files undergo a final quality check. In the next step the printer PDFs are created. The HTML, online PDF and metadata files are archived in Springer’s database and published via SpringerLink.
The journal issue is now accessible to readers all over the world. Printed issues are shipped to subscribers across the globe.