In general, a title is not considered to have changed if minor words are added, changed, or deleted, or the change involves the representation of a word or words. When the change affects access within the first 5 words (or 6 when there is an initial article), the varying title is explicitly stated in a 500 note (e.g., Some issues have title ... ) and an added entry is made (246). If the change is minor and does not affect access, a note suffices (e.g., 500 Title varies slightly.).

Following are situations that do not constitute a title change and, therefore, do not require the creation of a new record. This list does not include all possible situations.

1. A word is added after the first five that does not change the meaning or scope of the serial. Example:

2. An article, preposition, or conjunction is added, deleted, or changed anywhere in the title. (Give an added entry if the change occurs in the first five words. Example:

3. The only change is in the representation of a word or words. Example:

Distinguish between acronyms or initialisms and abbreviations. Treat a change from an acronym or initialism to the full form (or vice versa) as a title change, but do not treat a change from the full form to an abbreviated form ( or vice versa) as a title change, per AACR2 21.2A1. Example:

4. Words linking the title to the chronological designation are added, deleted, or changed. (If within the first five words, give an added entry.) Example:

5. The name of the issuing body is added or deleted from the end of the title. Example:

6. The form of the issuing body given at the end of the title changes. (e.g., full form to initialism) Example:

7. The order of parallel titles changes. Example:

8. The only change is one of punctuation.

For further discussion on when to note changes and provide added entries, see CCM 7.4.1.

See also:

16.2. Title changes