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How to determine if a journal is print or online only

A print journal is a journal that is published in print format.  A print journal may be accessed through a database like Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source or PubMed Central (PMC), as well as an Internet search.

An online only journal is a journal that is not published in print at all.  It is published online only, and it can be accessed through a database like Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source or PubMed Central (PMC), as well as a website.

How do you know if it is print or online only?  There are a few tips that will help you decide that format.

For print:

1. Generally, it will have an actual page range, like 149 - 167.

2. Actual page numbers may appear on the pdf version of the article.

For online only

1. Page numbers may have an e in front, like e3678.

2. Article may have an unique number instead of page range, like 609.

3. Article may have "open access" on it.  

If you are still having trouble determining print vs online only, then try these:

1. If you find the article in PubMed Central, then you click on the name of the journal at the top of the page, then click View in NLM Catalog.  Once on this page, look for the section with ISSN.  If it says print with a number, then it is a print journal, if it does not say print with a number, then it is online only.

2. You can do an Internet search for the journal name to find its main website.  Look for subscription information.  If it says published online or open access, then it is an ONLINE ONLY journal.

3.  You can send me the name of the journal, and I will see if I can figure it out for you.