One approach is to make use of a scheme such as the OpenURL standard uses: see
http://library.caltech.edu/openurl/Standard.htm, specifically the Initial Registry Content
document, section 8.1 "Key/Encoded-Value Metadata Format to Describe Journals".
In short, one has four fields available:
date, which can take an ISO 8601 date
ssn, encoding a season code
quarter, encoding a quarter number
chron, capturing some non-normalized form of an enumeration or chronology
Your example would be:
The SICI standard had instead of this a YYYYSS format for year and special code, which is
somewhat less satisfying in that it overloads six-digit number from merely year and month.
Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
> Quick question:
> What's the best way to the code the date for a journal article where
> you have something like "Winter 2003"?