<fpage> First Page

Page number on which a document starts.


The <fpage> element is used in two contexts:
  1. As a part of the metadata concerning the article itself, and
  2. As part of bibliographic reference metadata inside bibliographic references (<element-citation> and <mixed-citation>).
Electronic-only journals traditionally do not have page numbers and use the <elocation-id> element instead of using the <fpage> or <lpage> elements.
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.

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Text, numbers, or special characters
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  fpage        (#PCDATA)                                    >
Tagged Samples
  <contrib contrib-type="author">
   <collab collab-type="committee">Technical Committee ISO/TC 108, 
    Subcommittee SC 2</collab>
 <fpage seq="1">1</fpage>
  <date date-type="approved" iso-8601-date="2012-06-01">
<article dtd-version="1.3">
   <article-id pub-id-type="pmid">10092260</article-id>
    <article-title>Systematic review of day
     hospital care for elderly people</article-title>
   <pub-date publication-format="print" date-type="pub" iso-8601-date="1999-03-27">
In citations
Mixed citation
<ref id="B8">
  <article-title>Effects and costs of day-care 
  services for the chronically ill: a randomized 
  experiment</article-title>. <source>Medical Care</source> 
  <year iso-8601-date="1980">1980</year>; <volume>18</volume>: 
  <pub-id pub-id-type="pmid">6772889</pub-id>.
Element citation
<ref id="B8">
  <article-title>Effects and costs of day-care services for the
   chronically ill: a randomized experiment</article-title>
  <source>Medical Care</source>
  <year iso-8601-date="1980">1980</year>
  <pub-id pub-id-type="pmid">6772889</pub-id>