On some serials, a year constitutes a volume number.  (Figure 8.25.)  In such cases, there is generally a number that represents the issue that repeats with each year, such as "no. 1, 1988", "no. 1, 1989" or "88-1", "89-1."  While this is clear when issues covering several years are in hand, it is more difficult to determine when only one issue is in hand.  It may be difficult to determine whether the serial has consecutive numbering or an internal number that repeats each year.  One clue is the frequency.  If the serial is to be issued more than once a year, the year alone cannot constitute a chronological designation and is more likely to constitute the volume number.  Transcribing the number as a division of the date may mean transferring the position of the number and year as found on the piece (AACR2 12.3C4).   Examples

When the year represents the volume number and there is a separate chronological designation, transcribe also the chronological designation.   Example

If the separate chronological designation lacks the year, record the year as it appears in the portion of the designation that is used for the enumeration.  Do not use brackets.  (LCRI 12.3C4. )   Examples


In Figure 8.25., the figure '90 represents 1990 and acts as a volume number.  The introduction indicates that three issues are published each year and this, then, is the first issue for 1990.  The designation is given as:

362  0#  $a 90, issue 1-

Figure 8.25.


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8.5. Special problems associated with recording the designation