515  Numbering Peculiarities Note (R)

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Numbering peculiarities note (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂ7 Data provenance (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional


An unformatted note giving irregularities and peculiarities in numbering or publishing patterns. Use also to show that a publication is issued in parts or revised editions or to express report year coverage.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

1st Indicator

Undefined. The 1st indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character


2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character



ǂa Numbering peculiarities note

A statement on the numbering irregularity or peculiarity. Use subfield ǂa to include the following:

  • Irregularities or peculiarities in numbering, such as:
    • Combined issues or volumes
    • Confusion in use of series numbering or whole numbering systems
    • Double numbering
    • Numbering that does not begin with volume one
    • Publication of preliminary issues not included in the regular numbering
    • Serials issued in parts, sections, or volumes
    • Suspended publications
    • Unpublished items
515     An introductory number called volume 1, number 0 issued as a supplement to Latin America--New serial titles
515     Designation New series dropped with volume 38, 1908
515     Issues for 1892-1902 called volumes 2-12; 1903-April 1906 called volumes 1-4; May 1906-July 1910 called volumes 1-5, no. 3
515     Preceded by an undated issue called Special premium issue
515     Some issues lack volume numbering
515     Volumes 53 and 54 combined
515     Volumes for 1960-1963 issued together
515     Volumes for the 8th-19th annual meetings called also volumes 7-17 (9th and 10th issues combined as volume 8)
  • Irregularities in publishing patterns
515     New series volume 2 (September-December 1837) not issued
515     No banquet held in 1914
515     No more published?
515     None published 1941-1946--British Museum general catalogue of printed books
515     Proceedings of the first meeting not published--New serial titles
515     Publication suspended September 1906-June 1907, May 1910-October 1910
515     Suspended 1926-1929, 1936
515     Volumes 1-7 not published--Union list of serials
  • Publications issued in parts or revised editions
515     Directories for some sessions issued in revised editions
515     Issued in parts
  • Report year coverage
515     Report covers fiscal year
515     Report year ends September 30
ǂ6 Linkage

Data that link fields when non-Latin script is entered. This subfield is system supplied and does not appear in OCLC online displays. Do not manually add subfield ǂ6. For more information about subfield ǂ6, see Control Subfields.

ǂ7 Data provenance

For information about subfield ǂ7, see Data Provenance Subfields.

ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.


For records containing punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Include incidental and ISBD punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • Optionally, add a terminal period at the end of the field unless the last subfield ends with an ellipsis or period (following an abbreviation or initial)
515     No. 8 (Mar. 1988) incorrectly designated as no. 9.

For records containing minimal or no punctuation, include incidental and ISBD punctuation needed within any subfields. Otherwise, omit the punctuation outlined above.

515     No. 8 (Mar. 1988) incorrectly designated as no. 9

For more information on punctuation, including OCLC policy, see section 2.8, Punctuation.


Field 515 is not indexed.


For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 515.