Volume Series

Series number of a journal volume for the rare case where a single journal has multiple volumes with the same volume number.


This element will rarely be used. It handles the case in which a publisher reissues a journal and restarts the volume numbering with “1”. Duplicate volume numbers would then exist and need to be differentiated in citations. One solution for differentiation is for the publisher to add a series number to the volume number, and the <volume-series> has been created to hold such a number.
Best Practice: The <volume-series> element should hold the number or name of the series of the volume’s series (for example, “1” for the original numbering and “2” for the re-numbering), while the <volume> element should hold the number of the volume within that series (for example, “519”).

Related Elements

This element should not be used to capture series information that describes a series of articles within a journal or an issue. (See <article-categories>.)


Content Model

<!ELEMENT  volume-series
                        (#PCDATA %volume-series-elements;)*          >

Expanded Content Model

(#PCDATA | email | ext-link | uri | inline-supplementary-material | related-article | related-object | hr | bold | fixed-case | italic | monospace | overline | overline-start | overline-end | roman | sans-serif | sc | strike | underline | underline-start | underline-end | ruby | alternatives | inline-graphic | inline-media | private-char | chem-struct | inline-formula | tex-math | mml:math | abbrev | index-term | index-term-range-end | milestone-end | milestone-start | named-content | styled-content | fn | target | xref | sub | sup | x)*


This element may be contained in:

Example 1

<journal-title>Glasgow Medical Journal</journal-title>
<article-title>Diabetes Mellitus in Twins: With a Report of Four Cases</article-title>
<pub-date pub-type="ppub" iso-8601-date="1955-01">
<volume-series>7th Ser</volume-series>

Example 2

Cite a specific print version of a series:
<mixed-citation publication-type="journal" publication-format="print">
<string-name><surname>Isaacs</surname>, <given-names>A</given-names></string-name>. 
<article-title>Laboratory methods used in investigating influenza</article-title>. 
<source>Glasgow Med J</source>. <year iso-8601-date="1948">1948</year>;
<volume-series>7th Ser</volume-series> <volume>29</volume>(<issue>10</issue>):
<fpage>357</fpage>-<lpage>61</lpage>. PubMed: PMID <pub-id pub-id-type="pmid">18894077</pub-id>.