Re: Standard practices re: vol. numbers for combined issues or skipped issues? BLACK, STEVE 06 Mar 2007 17:28 UTC

First, thank you for asking! It's refreshing to have a publisher care
about our viewpoints on matters like this.

Second, the most important thing is to communicate in the published
issues exactly what you're doing, and to spell out what the change is
and how enumeration of future issues will be affected.

If numbers correspond to weeks of the year, my personal preference would
be to combine the numbers, e.g. 26/27, so that no.28 still corresponds
with the 28th week of the year. That's not a standard, but it would work
and make sense.

You will want to call it a combined issue rather than a skipped (or
omitted) issue if you go that route. If you do just skip a number, have
it say clearly in the issues before and after the skipped one what you

Steve Black
Reference, Serials, and Instruction Librarian
Neil Hellman Library
The College of Saint Rose
392 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 458-5494

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Mari Keefe
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 12:21 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] Standard practices re: vol. numbers for combined
issues or skipped issues?

Hello all-

I  hope this is not  a repeat request and that it is an appropriate
request. I did try to  search the archives.

This is an area outside my  expertise.

I have been  asked to find out if there are standard  practices for
numbering volumes that  serials engage in  in when issues are  combined

Right now we include a Vol. number , with No. X," where X corresponds to

the week of the year.

We'll be producing one combined issue this year, so we will effectively
skipping an issue.  Is it standard practice to *not* skip a number, even

though we're skipping an issue? How do other magazines that do double
issues during the year treat this?

Thank you,


Mari Keefe
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