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Which month to cite, the month of acceptance or the month on which the paper was published online?

I am using bibtex and a custom bibliographic style where specifying month is not required. However, to update my bibliographic database and to know specifically what is the norm, this question has been asked.

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    I usually just cite the year.
    – user7130
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 12:43

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In certain citation styles, you indeed need to add the month (respectively day and month) when you cite monthly (respectively weekly) periodicals. In which case, definitely use the month of publication: online publication if it's an online-only periodical, print publication otherwise (either print-only or print-and-online).

But such styles are a rather rare occurrence. It may be that using the month is not correct at all for what you intend. Could you give more details?

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    +1 for "online publication if it's an online-only periodical, print publication otherwise"
    – Dan C
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 3:14

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