Periodical literature

Periodical literature (also called a periodical publication or simply a periodical) is a category of serial publications that appear in a new edition on a regular schedule.[1] The most familiar example is the magazine, typically published weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Newspapers, often published daily or weekly, are, strictly speaking, a separate category of serial.[2][3] Other examples of periodicals are newsletters, literary magazines (literary journals), academic journals (including scientific journals), science magazines, yearbooks and comic books.

PLoS Biology cover April 2009
The cover of an issue of the open-access journal PLOS Biology, published monthly by the Public Library of Science

Volumes and issues

These examples are typically published and referenced by volume and issue. Volume typically refers to the number of years the publication has been circulated, and issue refers to how many times that periodical has been published during that year. For example, the April 2011 publication of a monthly magazine first published in 2002 would be listed as, "volume 10, issue 4". Roman numerals are sometimes used in reference to the volume number.

When citing a work in a periodical, there are standardized formats such as The Chicago Manual of Style. In the latest edition of this style, a work with volume number 17 and issue number 3 may be written as follows:

  • James M. Heilman, and Andrew G. West. "Wikipedia and Medicine: Quantifying Readership, Editors, and the Significance of Natural Language." Journal of Medical Internet Research 17, no. 3 (2015). doi:10.2196/jmir.4069.

Popular and scholarly

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Cover of Science in School magazine[4]

Periodicals can be classified into two types: popular and scholarly. Popular periodicals are usually magazines (e.g., Ebony and Esquire). Scholarly journals are most commonly found in libraries and databases. Examples are The Journal of Psychology and the Journal of Social Work.

Trade magazines are also examples of periodicals. They are written for an audience of professionals in the world. As of the early 1990s, there were over 6,000 business, technical, academic, scientific, and trade publications in the United States alone.[5]

Indefinite vs. part-publication

These examples are related to the idea of an indefinitely continuing cycle of production and publication: magazines plan to continue publishing, not to stop after a predetermined number of editions. A novel, in contrast, might be published in monthly parts, a method revived after the success of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.[6] This approach is called part-publication, particularly when each part is from a whole work, or a serial, for example in comic books. It flourished during the nineteenth century, for example with Abraham John Valpy's Delphin Classics, and was not restricted to fiction.[7]

Standard numbers

The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is to serial publications (and by extension, periodicals) what the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is to books: a standardized reference number.


Postal services often carry periodicals at a preferential rate; for example, Second Class Mail in the United States only applies to publications issued at least quarterly.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Periodical". ODLIS — Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. ABC-Clio. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  2. ^ "Newspaper". ODLIS — Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. ABC-Clio. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  3. ^ "Serial". ODLIS — Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. ABC-Clio. 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  4. ^ "Cover of Science in School 32". Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ Blake, Gary & Bly, Robert W. (1993). The Elements of Technical Writing. New York: Macmillan Publishers. p. 113. ISBN 0020130856.
  6. ^ "The Novel". Aspects of the Victorian Book – via The British Library.
  7. ^ Eliot, Simon & Rose, Jonathan (2007). A Companion to the History of the Book. p. 297.
  8. ^ "Second Class Mail". Barron's Business Dictionary – via
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19th-century Catholic periodical literature

The 19th-century Catholic periodical literature is unique in many respects. Most of the periodical publications in mainly Catholic countries can be regarded as "Catholic" literature up to a few decades before 1800: the editorial line is implicitly Catholic in most instances.

The development of the press in the 19th century was in general terms a major factor in secularization according to Owen Chadwick. On the other hand, mass printing also meant that the "Pope of 1889 was far more influential that the Pope of 1839 because the later Pope was surrounded by the press and the earlier Pope was not" wrote Chadwick.

American Theological Library Association

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), professional association, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United States. ATLA's member libraries and librarians provide resources for scholarly research to tens of thousands of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The association supports the membership with services and products, including an annual conference, members-only publications and discounts, and professional development opportunities.

Concordia Theological Quarterly

Concordia Theological Quarterly is a peer-reviewed academic journal of theology published for the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod by the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It continues The Springfielder and is published in January, April, July, and October each year. The journal is abstracted and indexed by the ATLA Religion Database, Religion Index One: Periodicals, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Old Testament Abstracts, and New Testament Abstracts.

The editor-in-chief is David P. Scaer, professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary.

Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes

Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes (June 19, 1884 – July 9, 1974) was a French writer and artist associated with the Dada movement. He was born in Montpellier and died in Saint-Jeannet.

In addition to numerous early paintings, Ribemont-Dessaignes wrote plays, poetry, manifestos and opera librettos. He contributed to the Dada (and later surrealist) periodical Literature.

Among Ribemont-Dessaignes' works for the theater are the plays The Emperor of China (1916) and The Mute Canary (1919), and the opera libretti The Knife's Tears (1926) and The Three Wishes (1926), both with music by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. His novels include L'Autruche aux yeux clos (1924), Ariane (1925), Le Bar du lendemain (1927), Céleste Ugolin (1928), and Monsieur Jean ou l'Amour absolu (1934).

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International Bibliography of Periodical Literature

International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ: Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur) covers the academic journal literature in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines. Coverage includes journals from 40 countries and in more than 40 languages. Subject indexing is based on the Subject Headings Authority File (Schlagwortnormdatei) and Name Authority File (Personennamendatei) published by the German National Library. The file size is over 3.3 million records from over 11,000 journals, with 120,000 records added annually. (ISSN 1865-0279; ISBN 978-3-598-69006-8).

John Edmands (librarian)

John Edmands (1 February 1820 - October 17, 1915) was an American librarian who a librarian, responsible for innovations in filing methodologies and inspired Poole's guide to periodical literature.

He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, and then Yale College in 1847, and taught at Rocky Mount, North Carolina for a year before resuming study at Yale Divinity School from 1848 to 1851. He was librarian for the Yale Debating Society, Brothers in Unity from 1846 to 1847 and was assistant in the Yale College library from 1851 to 1856. He was followed in that position by William Frederick Poole, who developed Edmands's Subjects for Debates with Reference to Authorities into Poole's Index to Periodical Literature. In 1856 Edmands became chief librarian of the Mercantile Library, Philadelphia.

He was one of the original members of the American Library Association, and one of its first vice presidents. He also served as head of the Association of Pennsylvania Librarians for several years.

Michigan Historical Review

The Michigan Historical Review is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal of American history published at Central Michigan University. It was established in 1974 as The Great Lakes Review before obtaining its current name in 1986. The journal is currently published by the Clarke Historical Library with support from the Department of History (Central Michigan University), the Historical Society of Michigan, the Bentley Historical Library (University of Michigan), and the Grand Rapids Public Library. The journal is abstracted and index in America: History and Life, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents/Arts & Humanities, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature, and Expanded Academic ASAP.

Railway Gazette International

Railway Gazette International is a monthly business journal covering the railway, metro, light rail and tram industries worldwide. Available by annual subscription, the magazine is read in over 140 countries by transport professionals and decision makers, railway managers, engineers, consultants and suppliers to the rail industry. A mix of technical, commercial and geographical feature articles, plus the regular monthly news pages, cover developments in all aspects of the rail industry, including infrastructure, operations, rolling stock and signalling.

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature

The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature is a reference guide to recently published articles in periodical magazines and scholarly journals, organized by article subject. The Readers' Guide has been published regularly since 1901 by The H. W. Wilson Company, and is a staple of public and academic reference libraries throughout the United States; a retrospective index of general periodicals published from 1890 to 1982 is also available.

Originally, The Readers' Guide was published on a biweekly basis, with later issues incorporating the previous content in larger copies until the index for the entire year was published.

Religious and Theological Abstracts

Religious and Theological Abstracts is a database that indexes many religious and theological journals and other literature. One Guide to Research recently described it as a "popular reference" covering more than 600 periodicals in most major European languages beginning in 1958. It covers "a wide array of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions and some denominational and popular religious magazines."A guide to how to acquire documents for libraries stated that

Because of the interrelationship between indexing and abstract services and the literature that they document, tools such as Religious and Theological Abstracts (1958-, Myerstown, PA), Religion Index One (1949-, Evanston, IL), and The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (1930-, Catholic Library Association) often become de facto standards against which many librarians measure their collections. If a journal is indexed by one of these services, it becomes important on the grounds that the index service provides access points to the information contained in the articles themselves.

A guide to library research stated that "religion has its primary indexes in Religion Index One, Religion Index Two, Religious and Theological Abstracts, and a few other such titles."

Répertoire international de la presse musicale

Répertoire international de la presse musicale (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, Internationales Repertorium der Musikzeitungen), commonly known as RIPM, provides access to music periodical literature published between 1750 and 1966 through an annotated index, the RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals and two full-text publication series, the RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals and the RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals.

The Academy (periodical)

The Academy was a review of literature and general topics published in London from 1869 to 1902, founded by Charles Appleton.The first issue was published on 9 October 1869 under the title The Academy: A Monthly Record of Literature, Learning, Science, and Art. It was published monthly from October 1869 to January 1871, then semimonthly from February 1871 to 1873, and weekly from 1874 to 1902 under the titles The Academy: A Weekly Review of Literature, Science, and Art and then The Academy: A Weekly Review of Literature and Life. The last issue was number 1549 on 11 January. In January 1902, The Academy merged with the periodical Literature, becoming The Academy and Literature. The merged periodical retained the numbering of The Academy, however, and reverted to the name The Academy in 1905.

Against the prevailing custom of anonymous authorship, The Academy provided the full names of its writers. In its early years, the reviewers included Edmund Gosse, George Saintsbury, and Henry Sidgwick. As a general rule, The Academy did not publish signed reviews. After its purchase by John Morgan Richards in 1896, the periodical published lighter fare under the editorship of Charles Lewis Hind. The editors for The Academy were: Charles Appleton (1869–78), Charles Doble (1878–80), James S. Cotton (1881–96), and C. Lewis Hind (1896–1903, including his editorship of The Academy and Literature). Henry Bradley served as temporary editor for a portion of 1884–85.From 1902 to 1916 the periodical The Academy and Literature had a fairly high turnover in ownership, editorship, and editorial direction. The editors were: C. Lewis Hind (1902–3), William Teignmouth Shore (1903–5), P. Anderson Graham & Assistant Editor Harold Hannyngton Child (1905–6), Lord Alfred Douglas (1907–10), Cecil Cowper (1910–15), Henry Savage (1915), and T. W. H. Crosland (1915–16).The Academy moved from a Liberal to a Conservative position under Lord Alfred Douglas, who was aided by T.W.H. Crosland. "Douglas and Crosland between them succeed in making The Academy the most candid, most readable, and most admirable literary paper in the United Kingdom". In 1909 WHSmith withdrew the magazine for sale and Douglas shortly had to relinquish the editorship.

The magazine closed in 1915. Crosland briefly revived the title as a monthly in 1916 with himself as editor and sole contributor.Between August 1918 and May 1920 a 'dummy' magazine was produced to maintain the right to the title. In 1920 James Conchie bought the title for Lord Alfred Douglas who incorporated it within his magazine Plain English, with which is incorporated The Academy.

The English Historical Review

The English Historical Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal that was established in 1886 and published by Oxford University Press (formerly Longman). It publishes articles on all aspects of history -British, European, and world history- since the classical era. It is the oldest surviving English language academic journal in the discipline of history.

Six issues are published each year, and typically include four articles from a broad chronological range (roughly, medieval, early modern, modern and twentieth century) and around sixty book reviews. Review Articles are commissioned by the editors. A summary of international periodical literature published in the previous twelve months is also provided, and an annual summary of editions, reference works and other materials of interest to scholars is also produced.The journal was established in 1886 by John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, Regius professor of modern history at Cambridge, and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. The first editor was Mandell Creighton. The current editors are Catherine Holmes, Peter Marshall, Stephen Conway and Hannah Skoda.Editors of The English Historical Review:

1886-91 Mandell Creighton

1891-1894 Samuel Rawson Gardiner assisted by Reginald Lane Poole

1895-1901 S R Gardiner and Reginald Lane Poole

1902-1920 Reginald Lane Poole, assisted (1920) by George Norman Clark

1921-25 G N Clark assisted (1924-5) by E. Stanley Cohn

1926 G N Clark and Charles William Previté-Orton

1927-38 C W Previté-Orton

1938-39 C W Previté-Orton and G N Clark

1939-58 John Goronwy Edwards and Richard Pares

1958-59 J G Edwards and Denys Hay

1959-1965 Denys Hay

1965-67 John Michael Wallace-Hadrill

1967-74 J M Wallace-Hadrill and John Morris Roberts

1974-78 J M Roberts and George Arthur Holmes

1978-81 G A Holmes and Angus Donald Macintyre

1982-1986 AD Macintyre and Penry Herbert Williams

1986-90 PH Williams and Robert John Weston Evans

1991-95 RJW Evans and John Maddicott

1996-99 JH Maddicott and John Stevenson

1999-2001 JH Maddicott and Jean Dunbabin

2001 Jean Dunbabin and John Rowlatt

2001-04 Jean Dunbabin and George W Bernard

2004-6 G W Bernard and Philip Waller

2007-12 G W Bernard and Martin Conway

2012-13 Martin Conway and Catherine Holmes

2013-16 Martin Conway, Catherine Holmes and Peter Marshall

2017- Catherine Holmes, Peter Marshall, Stephen Conway and Hannah Skoda

William Frederick Poole

William Frederick Poole (24 December 1821, Salem, Massachusetts – 1 March 1894) was an American bibliographer and librarian.

William I. Fletcher

William Isaac Fletcher (April 23, 1844 – June 15, 1917) was an American librarian, bibliographer, and indexer who served as the head librarian of Amherst College from 1883 to 1911 and the President of the American Library Association in 1891-92. In 1951, he was named by Library Journal to the Library Hall of Fame.

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