In publishing and library and information science, the term serial is applied to materials "in any medium issued under the same title in a succession of discrete parts, usually numbered (or dated) and appearing at regular or irregular intervals with no predetermined conclusion." This includes the literary serial, where a story is published in several parts, but also all kinds of periodicals such as magazines and journals.


In contrast to serials in general, a periodical has been defined as "A serial publication with its own distinctive title, containing a mix of articles ... by more than one contributor, issued ... at regular stated intervals of less than a year, without prior decision as to when the final issue will appear." Thus a periodical does not admit irregularly spaced publication times. This includes magazines and journals, but not proceedings; it also does not include newspapers.

See also

*Academic publishing *Book series *Collection (publishing) *International Standard Serial Number *ISO 4 *Monographic series *Serial Item and Contribution Identifier *Serials crisis


External links

Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science
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