The internet has increased the sources of information which researchers can use to inform their work. These sources still need to be cited in the main text and listed in the references section to allow readers to access the same sources. Whilst reading some articles in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS), we found that the reference lists in some articles did not have full information about their online sources. Furthermore, some of the links provided in the reference lists were non-functional. JPRAS advises authors to include the author's name, title of the article, uniform resource locator (URL) and the date the accessibility of that link was verified when referring to an online resource. The journal gives the following as an example of a complete reference of an internet resource:
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Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Guide for authors. http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/707671/authorinstructions [accessed 11.04.12].
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Published online: May 07, 2012
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