Page Count

Total number of pages in a work in print; by convention, each page or partial page is counted as one. Electronic-only works do not traditionally have page counts.


Inside the <counts> container element are the counts of various components of the document: the generic count element <count> (for which the @count-type names what is being counted) and the specific named counting elements: the <fig-count> is the number of figures, the <table-count> is the number of tables, the <equation-count> is the number of display equations, the <ref-count> is either the number of references or (more properly) the number of citations in the bibliographic reference list, the <page-count> is the total page count, and the <word-count> is the number of words in the work.
The count elements are modeled as EMPTY elements that have no content but carry values on their attributes.
The <page-count> cannot be used inside citations (<element-citation> or <mixed-citation>), instead use the element <size>.

Related Elements

A number of elements in the Suite relate to page numbers:
  • <fpage> names the page number on which a work begins;
  • <lpage> names the page number on which a work ends (which should be the same page number or a number larger than the starting page number);
  • <elocation-id> replaces the start and end page elements just described for electronic-only publications;
  • <page-range> records discontinuous page ranges; and
  • <page-count> holds the total page count, if the publisher has provided one. Typically this element records what the publisher said and makes no validity claim. The element <page-count> should be used only in metadata. The citation elements (<element-citation> or <mixed-citation>) use the element <size> to tag the total page count of a cited work. (Historical Note: The deprecated <nlm-citation> still uses the <page-count> element.)
Best Practice: The <page-range> is intended to record supplementary information and should not be used in the place of the <fpage> and <lpage> elements, which are typically needed for citation matching. The <page-range> element is merely a text string, containing such material as “8-11, 14-19, 40”, which would mean that the document began on page 8, ran through 11, skipped to page 14, ran through 19, and concluded on page 40.


count Count
id Document Internal Identifier
xml:base Base

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  page-count   EMPTY                                        >


This is an EMPTY element

This element may be contained in:

Example 1

<conf-date iso-8601-date="1999">1999</conf-date>
<conf-name>The 27th annual ACM SI/GUCCS
<conf-loc>Denver, Colorado, United States</conf-loc>
<conf-sponsor>ACM, Assoc. for Computing
<conf-theme>User services conference for
university and college computing service
<count count-type="contributors" count="3"/>
<fig-count count="5"/>
<table-count count="3"/>
<equation-count count="10"/>
<ref-count count="26"/>
<page-count count="6"/>
<word-count count="2847"/>

Example 2

<page-count count="1"/>