I had two papers approved for a workshop in a IEEE conference and I'm going to send the camera-ready version soon.
Is it OK to have one paper cite the other? If it's OK, do I have to reference the other paper as "to appear"?
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This is acceptable, and fairly common. You cite as usual, and the citation itself would be identical to a standard citation with the exception that the date and page numbers would be replaced by the phrase "in press".
The AHA suggests the following lexicon.
- "In Press": the manuscript is fully copyedited and out of the author's hands. It is in the final stages of the production process.
- "Forthcoming": a completed manuscript has been accepted by a press or journal.
- "Under contract to . . .": a press and an author have signed a contract for a book in progress, but the final manuscript has not yet been submitted.
- "Submitted" or "under consideration": the book or article has been submitted to a press or journal, but there is as yet no contract or agreement to publish.
It is okay for each paper to cite the other.
It would be better if more accurate publication details were given. Sometimes the published will add this information (this happens at Springer for LNCS volumes). Perhaps you can alert the editor of the fact, and they might be able to make sure that you have the right information for the citation or they can ensure that the publishers do the right thing.