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When citing Epubs and Online first articles after they have appeared in print and been allocated volume and issue numbers, you need to ensure that you are referencing the version of the article you read. If you want, you can add a note at the end of the reference to indicate that it was an Epub.
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Journal name [Internet].
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Lotz M, Martel-Pelletier J, Christiansen C, Brandi M-L, Bruyère O, Chapurlat R, et al. Value of biomarkers in osteoarthritis: current status and perspectives. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases [Internet]. Epub 2013 Jul 29 [cited 2013 Jul 30]. Available from: doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203726
Lillegraven S, Kristiansen IS, Kvien TK. Comparison of utility measures and their relationship with other health status measures in 1041 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases [Internet]. Epub 2010 May 10 [cited 2013 Jul 29];69(10):1762-7. Available from: doi: 10.1136/ard.2009.124099