8.2.1. Definitions

Serials may carry a variety of numbers and dates, but only those which meet certain criteria are considered to be numeric or chronological designations.

Numeric designation: A number or combination of numbers, dates, letters, or words that identifies an issue of a serial within a numeric sequence.

Chronological designation: A date, or combination of dates, numbers, or words that identifies an issue of a serial within a chronological sequence.

8.2.2. The numbering must uniquely "identify" the issue

The aspect of identification is essential. For example, if the serial is issued monthly and there is only a chronological designation, it must contain at least the name of the month and the year so that each monthly issue can be distinguished from other issues. If a serial carries both a numeric and a chronological designation, at least one must identify the issue, in which case, both should be recorded.

Serial is issued monthly

1st issue = Volume 1, June 1990

2nd issue = Volume 1, July 1990

3rd issue = Volume 1, August 1990

Cataloged as:

362 0# $a Vol. 1 (June 2000)-



In Figure 8.4., both the numeric and the chronological designation may be given because the numeric is sufficient to identify the issue. This serial is also an example of a successive designation. The numbering began with numbers only (e.g., "1") but with this issue changes to volume numbers and internal numbers (see CCM 8.7.2.).

362 0# $a 1- ; v. 1, no. 1 (1990)-

515 ## $a Consecutive numbering ceased with 4.

Figure 8.4.


See also:

Module 8. Numbering (Fields 362, 500)