The purpose and ways of presentation of key dates characterizing individual stages of the life cycle of scientific publication are considered. For the author who plans to publish his work in a particular journal, the most significant dates are the dates of the preliminary stages: reviewing, proofreading, layout, etc. The key date, usually reflected in a bibliographic reference to a published work, is the year of its publication. With the advent of the Internet, alive publications have become widespread. The authors of alive publications constantly keep their work up to date, eliminating the noted inaccuracies and, most importantly, reflecting the latest achievements in the field under consideration. For the reader, the main interest here is the date of posting online of the latest, recent version of the publication.
publication attributes, title year of publication, alive publication