My paper was accepted in one of Elsevier's journal and it was recently published, but there is no pagination instead they have this "article number" for example "Volume 123, Article No. 212021" similar to those in some Springer and Royal Society journals. The paper is already included in an issue. I am wondering, does my paper officially published or not? Could anyone tell me how this policy is called? or where I can locate this policy in the Elsevier website?

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    Why would you care about page numbers? – Arno Nov 14 '19 at 9:41
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    My institutions requires page Number before I can get monetary reward – xavier Nov 14 '19 at 9:49
  • Perhaps page numbers will be added when it is issued on paper. Look and see if other papers from a year ago in that journal now have page numbers or not. – GEdgar Nov 14 '19 at 10:05
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    Here is a quick read on this: sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/… – The Guy Nov 14 '19 at 12:05
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    As @TheGuy notes (and should make an answer?), this is happening more and more. Not unusual in retrospect as few if any of us are paging through physical copies where knowledge of the page number helped finding the article more quickly. – Jon Custer Nov 14 '19 at 13:56

Page numbers are going to go away because (i) stuff isn't actually printed any more, and (ii) page numbers are inconvenient in the publishing process because one needs to know how many pages the articles before the current one have before giving the current one page numbers. So the short answer is: You'll need to learn to cope with it.

In similar situations, I've used the following formats to indicate how many pages an article has:

W. Bangerth: "Stuff more scientists ought to talk about", Journal of Important Research, article 12687 (24 pages), 2019.


W. Bangerth: "Stuff more scientists ought to talk about", Journal of Important Research, vol. 24, pp. 12687/1-24, 2019.

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