I would never say the only role is access.  However, if we want linking at a more granular level, we could treat each issue as an independent work where the enumeration is included as part of the identifier.  This would allow linking among all the articles in a particular issue of a journal.  I think it’s clear that the current model has problems dealing with works that are actually aggregations, whether series or sound recordings made up of individual works, etc. which is probably why we’re struggling with this.  Is an issue of a serial a work in itself or an instance of the larger title?  Can it be both at the same time?




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Diane, that it can be sometimes useful is fine. But is the only role as an access point? I'd say "no." The primary role is one of collocation, to identify items as being members of a series. That's a bibliographic relationship. That is also the primary role of work titles. Anything that is provided as bibliographic data can be searched, but we can really only collocate through linking. Creating strings in multiple bibliographic descriptions for the same series does not result in collocation of those descriptions. You can search for them, but they are not linked.


On 7/27/15 1:41 PM, Boehr, Diane (NIH/NLM) [E] wrote:

Karen Coyle wrote:

. However, it is probably rare that any publication is known to users solely or even mainly by its series and enumeration, any more than journal articles would be known by their serial title and enumeration rather than by the author and title of the article. So I understand this distinction, but I do think we have to ask: what does it mean functionally for the user? Is it truly an access point?


I would say Serial titles and enumeration are definitely access points. In PubMed we offer searching by Journal name, volume, issue and even pagination.  It’s possible users may have citations that only give that information about articles they are interested in. Or it could be easier to just search for that information when known, than a common article title/author name or one in a different script, if you’re not sure of the transliteration.



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