9.5.1.  Language editions

Serials issued in several different languages are called "language editions." For a discussion on the distinction between language editions and translations and the use of uniform titles, see Module 5. For a description of the different linking fields, see Module 14.

In most cases, the titles of language editions differ due to the different languages. In such cases, give an edition statement only when one appears on the piece.

Supply an edition statement in the language of the title proper when the following conditions apply: 1) there is no edition statement on the piece, 2) the titles are given in the same language, and 3) information recorded in areas 1-6 is identical. Add a uniform title, qualified by the edition statement, to distinguish the different serial editions. Example:

If, however, the editions are issued in different places or by different publishers, an edition statement is not necessary. A uniform title is still required to distinguish the publications, but the place or publisher is used as qualifier. Example:

9.5.2.  Changes in the edition statement

There is no provision in AACR2 or the LCRIs for making a new entry if the edition statement changes, even when it has been used as a uniform title qualifier. Such a change would generally be covered by a note. Example:

If a serial that was issued in one edition splits into several editions, new records are created with the appropriate linking entry fields. Example:

If the edition statement is dropped or only appears on several issues, add a note to cover this fact.

See also:

Module 9.  Edition Statement (field 250)