According to AACR2 1.7A5, notes contain useful, descriptive information that does not fit into other areas of the description. Because serials consist of multiple issues but are described from only one, notes play an important role in conveying the full information regarding the serial.

Notes are used to:

Provide information that is not contained in the body of the entry that justifies an added entry (see Module 4)

Record changes on issues other than the one being described

Provide other types of information that are not appropriate to the body of the entry (e.g., indexing and abstracting coverage, cumulative indexes, linking relationships, etc.)

See also:

13.1. Purpose and philosophy of notes used in serial records