Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Guidelines for Editors of Historical and Genealogical Bulletins and Family Newsletters

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Guidelines for Editors of Historical and Genealogical Bulletins and Family Newsletters

Article excerpt

These guidelines have been written for the guidance of editors of local historical, genealogical, and family publications and for librarians who are responsible for their use and preservation.

Guidelines

1. Bibliographic Information

1.1 Registration: An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) should be requested from the national body responsible for assigning this internationally recognized identification number. In the United States it is the Library of Congress. In Canada contact ISSN Canada at the National Library of Canada. If there is a title change, a new ISSN must be assigned.

1.2 Title: The title of the publication should be descriptive of the contents and should be prominently displayed on each issue. Title changes should be considered most carefully. Editors should be aware of the effects of a title change, e.g.,

a. Parts of the run of the same serial may be shelved in separate locations where publications are arranged by title, and

b. Readers may have difficulty identifying the publication in the catalog.

Any necessary change of title should be made with the first issue of a new volume.

1.3 Statement of Responsibility: The name and complete mailing address of the editor and/or issuing body should appear on the cover and title page of each issue. Telephone number is optional.

1.4 Numbering System: A new volume number should be used with the first issue of each calendar or fiscal year. Volume number, issue number, and date should appear on the cover and title page of each issue.

1.5 Pagination: Continuous pagination should be used for issues within each volume of the periodical, rather than beginning numbering anew with each issue. Only arabic numerals should be used.

2. Physical Format

2.1 Paper: The publication should be printed on acid-free paper to reduce the risk of physical deterioration. (See note.)

2.2 Binding: The text should be arranged to provide a minimum margin of at least one inch on the inner margin (binding edge) of each page. …

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