"... the ISBD punctuation between areas (period-space-dash-space) is omitted only when the next area is paragraphed. Agreeing with long-standing practice, the physical description area and each note of the note are begins with a new paragraph. Thus, do not use the period-space-dash-space to separate the physical description area from the publication, distribution, etc. area, or to separate the first note of the note area from the physical description or the series areas." (1)

If information cited in a note corresponds to a title, statement of responsibility, edition statement, mathematical data, publication statement, physics; description, series, notes, etc., transcribe the elements in the order of the area to which they relate using prescribed ISBD punctuation, except, substitute a full stop for a full stop, space-dash-space. Examples:

Start a new paragraph for each note, end each paragraph with a period or other mark of final punctuation, and, if the mark of final punctuation is a closing bracket or parenthesis, add a period. (2) Example:

Since notes can include both normal punctuation and ISBD punctuation and since most ISBD punctuation marks are the same as normal punctuation marks with the addition of a single space before and after, care must be taken to distinguish between a mark of ISBD punctuation and a normal punctuation mark. This is accomplished by following the prescribed ISBD punctuation marks in the areas preceding the notes.

When a colon is used in a note, it has spaces on either side only when it divides a title form other title information or separates a place from a publisher. Example:

When a semicolon is used in a note, it has a space on wither side only when it separates statements of responsibility, multiple places of publication, or a series from a number. Example:

When a slash is used in a note, it has a space on either side only when it introduces a statement of responsibility.

Use the standard ISBD punctuation (space-dash-space) to separate different titles and/or descriptions for accompanying materials listed in one note. Example:

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