250  Edition Statement (NR)


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Input Standards

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Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
a Edition statement (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
b Remainder of edition statement (NR) Required if applicable/Optional

CNR: Optional/Optional


The edition statement proper and any other information up to the imprint. Use only if the edition statement is self-defining, that is, uses words such as edition, issue, and version. Numbers also may appear with an edition statement.

Ed. 1965-66.
1st ed., new corr. printing.
3rd impression (with minor revisions)

Treat items that use the word revised alone, with modifications, or as a modifier, as editions.

[Rev. and up-to-date]
Rev. ed.
Rev. 2nd ed.
[Slightly rev.]

An edition statement may include a personal name:

2nd ed. / revised by M.C.F. Proctor.

However, a phrase that includes only the word revised and a personal name is not itself an edition statement. The following phrases are statements of responsibility (use field 245 subfield c), not edition statements: revised and edited by Edwin Essex or Rev. by Erica Sabarth and Henry N. Williams.

An edition statement may include information about new material.

2nd ed. / edited with an introduction and notes by H.A. Rose, new impression.

A phrase that includes only information about new material is not itself an edition statement. The following statements are statements of responsibility (use field 245, subfield c), not edition statements: with a new introduction by Rupert C. Jarvis or With a new introductory essay by William W. Brickman, Francesco Cordasco [and] Thomas H. Richardson.

Use field 250 for the edition designation if different editions have identical titles. Use separate records for different editions as long as the editions can be identified.

The following categories of different editions may have identical titles. Use separate records for such editions:

  • Geographic editions (e.g., West Coast edition)
  • Special group or special interest editions (e.g., Dry cleaners' edition or Ed. pour le medicin)
  • Special format or physical presentation statements (e.g., Airmail ed., Braille ed., Library ed. or Microform ed.)
  • Different language editions if the original title exists on the title page along with an edition statement
  • Reprint or reissue statements that indicate a reissue or revision of the serial as a whole
  • General editions (e.g., editions that contain complete contents, whereas their special editions have only portions of the contents)

Note that some edition statements in foreign language items reflect printing information, not editions. See " 250 Edition Statement ‡a Edition statement" in chapter 4: When to Input a New Record.



Do not note editions that differ only in advertising content.


Use for statements relating to versions of manuscript works existing in two or more versions or states in single or multiple copies (e.g., different manuscript drafts of a film script).


Use for a statement designating the voice range for the score (as distinguished from a statement of the medium of performance) that is not grammatically linked to the title, or for other title information considered an edition statement, whether or not it includes the word edition or its equivalent.

High key in f.
Ausg. für hohe Stimme.

Use for computer files that have statements referring to the file itself, not just to the documentation. Evidence of a new edition of a file may be:

  • The appearance of an explicit edition statement relating to the file
  • Significant additions or deletions to the contents of a monographic file
  • Significant changes in the structure of content of the field (e.g., a change in program language)

Do not make new edition statements for the following:

  • Additions or deletions to a serial or dynamic database
  • Changes in the arrangement of a file's contents
  • Changes in the physical format of input, output, or storage
  • Changes of a minor nature

Describe such changes in local notes.

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a Edition statement The edition statement includes the words and numbers describing the edition, including terms such as revised or enlarged. In general, the edition statement should distinguish the edition being described from any other edition.
250     1974 issue.
250     Version 1.1.
250     ICPSR ed., OSIRIS IV version.
250     4th ed.
250     Medium-high voice ed.
250     1st ed., rev. impression.
250     Rev.
250     [Slightly rev.]
250     World Cup ed.
245 Cambridgeshire farmers journal.
250     Northern ed.
250     English ed.
b Remainder of edition statement A parallel edition statement or a statement of responsibility, or a personal or corporate responsibility statement that applies only to a particular edition.
250     Rev. ed. / b program has been converted from BASIC to FORTRAN IV by Allen P. Smith.
250     2nd ed., rev. and enl. / b by W.H. Chalmer.
250     New rev. and enl. ed. / b with appendix: the coins and bank notes of the British Mandatory Government of Palestine.
250     4th ed. / b revised by H.G. LeMesurier and E. McIntosh, repr. with corrections.
250     2nd ed. / b revised by Ann Jones ; foreword by James Jones.
250     Canadian ed. = b Ed. canadienne.
250     Neue, kritisch durchgesehene Ausg. / b von L. Benda, Ausg. für hohe Stimme.
250     3rd draft / b edited by Paul Watson.


Field 250 prints in the title paragraph. For more information, see OCLC Catalog Cards: http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/worldcat/cataloging/cards/#4 .

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