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guidance for issue numbering

Michael R. Wagner

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Is there some guidance online to instruct one on how to properly name an issue so that it links properly with the issue in the database?  I've added a couple of new items recently - not regular issues that would be numbered 1, 2, 3, etc.  I've looked around a bit but can't find anything on the site.  I usually end up searching the database for a similar issue (e.g., a "trade paperback collector's special edition" to use an exaggerated example), but this is painfully slow and often unsuccessful, so I end up repeatedly renaming the file until it shows up in the proper row.

Knowing when to use a slash, a dash, a space, and the correct combination of letters and numbers would be helpful.



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An Item number is composed of up to 4 items. Type, Issue_Number, Variation, Printing. If all 4 are used it would be:
Type Number/Variation-Printing

Example using all four: Bk 1/A-2

Not all need to be used.

   1            Issue Number only
   1/A        Issue Number with Variation
   1-2         Issue Number with Printing
   1/A-2     Issue Number with Variation and Printing
   1-2         Issue Number with Printing
Bk 1          Type with Issue Number
Bk 1/A     Type with Issue Number and Variation
Bk 1/A-2  Type with Issue Number and Variation and Printing

(There are other combinations)

Punctuation is:

A Space between Type and Issue Number (Bk 1)
A Slash between Issue Number and Variation (1/A, 1/HC, etc.)
A Dash between Issue Number (or Variation if used) and Printing (1-2, 1/HC-2)

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