e-First is a publishing module that helps SAcLJ (Singapore Academy of Law Journal) authors get published faster. Papers submitted will still go through the standard editorial process: be refereed, copyedited, typeset and approved by the author. The difference is the speed at which the paper is published and released for viewing. As soon as a paper is accepted, it is processed editorially and published online without waiting to be included in a print edition. This substantially reduces the time it takes for a paper to be published thus improving on currency of the content, and offers readers quicker access to topical subjects. A paper that appears in e-First will constitute publication hence establishing publication precedence for SAcLJ authors.
Once an e-First paper is published in a print edition, the paper is removed from the e-First portal and posted under the respective print issue in the e-Archive. This incorporation of e-First papers into the print edition, and subsequent removal from the e-First portal may result in there being no papers viewable in e-First.
All e-First papers will be published in the print edition.
Establishing Publication Date
Submissions published in e-First are considered published. The date the paper appears in e-First is the publication date which establishes publication precedence.
Citing an e-First Paper
As an e-First paper is published pre-print, it will not be paginated and hence should be cited by its publication date as follows:
[Author’s First Name] [Author’s Family Name], “[Title of Submission]” Singapore Academy of Law Journal (published on e-First [date])
John Doe, “Cyber Security” Singapore Academy of Law Journal (published on e-First 1 March 2016)
Citing a Paper after Publication of the Print Edition
As there will be only one version of each paper, when citing an SAcLJ paper, no distinction need be made between the e-First or print citation; both citations may be used interchangeably.
Should the citations be combined, a paper may be cited as follows:
[Author’s First Name] [Author’s Family Name], “[Title of Submission]” [(year)] [volume] SAcLJ [first page]–[last page] (published on e-First [date]).
John Doe, “Cyber Security” (2015) 27 SAcLJ 34–54 (published on e-First 1 March 2016)