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.


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"/>