<volume-series> 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”).

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Text, numbers, or special characters, zero or more
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  volume-series
                        (#PCDATA %volume-series-elements;)*          >
Expanded Content Model


Tagged Sample

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>.