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Title: 515 - Numbering Peculiarities Note (R)

The 515 - Numbering Peculiarities Note tag contains 
information about irregularities in the number or 
publication pattern of a serial. The note would 
include information too complex to enter into the 
362 tag. In addition the 515 tag may be used to 
show that the serial was issued in parts or revised 
editions. Another use for the 515 tag is to tell 
the year of coverage, for instance, an annual 
report dated 1999 may cover the fiscal year 
October, 1997 to September, 1998. The information 
in the 515 tag may help library users find the 
correct issues and information more quickly or 
alert the library users when a serial does not 
cover the years they are interested in. 

The Anglo American Cataloging Rules (AACR2) 
discusses how to record complex numbering and 
chronological designations of serials in rule 

RDA provides guidelines on recording complex and
irregular numbering for serials in,

Serials published on a regular frequency may also 
display peculiarities for a number of reasons. The 
publication may be suspended for a period of time 
and then started up again. The publisher may 
combine issues or split one issue into several 
parts. The numbering of the issues may not be 
consistent. Numbers may get skipped or be repeated. 
Some issues may not have any number at all, while 
other issues are numbered. 

Subfield a contains the entire Numbering 
Peculiarities Note. When there are several 
different peculiarities in a single serial the 515 
tag can be repeated. 


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     a Numbering Peculiarities Note (NR) 


This field ends with a period unless another mark
of punctuation (!, ?, -) is present.


     515    _aSome volumes reprinted with

     515    _aReport covers fiscal year.

     515    _aReport for 1976/77 covers period July 

     515    _aSome years issued in more than 1 
              physical vol.

     515    _aIssues for Dec. 1954 and May 1959 are 
              unnumbered but called Special 
              birthday number and Commemorative 
              number, respectively.

     515    _aResumes volume numbering of earliest
              form of the title.

     515    _aAug.-Sept. 1982 issue called also
              Sept. 1982.

     515    _aSome issues are combined.

     515    _aEd. 1-3 not published.

     515    _aVol. 1, no. 30 dated Aug. 13, 1923,
              but constitutes Sept. 13, 1923?

     515    _aEach monthly issue is cumulative from
              Jan. 1984 to current month.

     515    _aIssue for '94 called also "Premiere 

     515    _aSome months covered by single issue.

     515    _aDiscs for <1994-> also called: 
              <940904->. Last two digits (04) 
              identify Magazine index plus title.

     515    _aCurrent disc is cumulative and covers
              the most recent four years.

     515    _aSuspended publication Feb. 9,
              1969-spring 1971.

     515    _aIssues for summer and autumn 1971 are
              unnumbered but constitute v. 243, no. 

     515    _aVol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1937) never 

     515    _aSome errors in numbering.