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Proposal: Add "volume-title" as a CSL variable #111

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nickbart1980 opened this Issue Sep 3, 2013 · 4 comments

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@nickbart1980

I'd like to repeat a proposal first made by adam3smith in Jan 2013 at avram/zotero-bits#54, which apparently has not been posted on a CSL list or issue tracker before.

The proposal is to add "volume-title" as a CSL variable, intended to hold (a) the title of a single volume that is itself part of a multi-volume monograph, or (b) the title of a special issue of a journal.

Rationale: CMoS requires the distinction between the title of a single volume (CSL: "volume-title") and the title of a multi-volume monograph (CSL: "title", or "container-title" for book chapters etc.), and both need to be distinguished from series (CSL: "collection-title").

adam3smith's original post follows:

http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/26476/helpfeature-request-individual-volumes-as-parts-of-multivolume-works/#Item_3

Examples from Chicago Manual include:
Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine. Vol. 1, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100–600). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971.

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec124.html

and

Barrows, Herbert. Reading the Short Story. Vol. 1 of An Introduction to Literature, edited by Gordon N. Ray. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959.

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec127.html

Note that these are different from (and can, in fact co-occur with) series and series title.

Proposal: add a field "Volume Title" to Book and Book Section, map it to new CSL variable "volume-title"

This could be combined with #36 - if we create a field "Issue Title" we can use that as an indicator of a special issue and map it to the same volume-title CSL variable.

@bdarcus
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@rmzelle
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rmzelle commented Sep 15, 2013

This has been discussed rather in-depth at http://xbiblio-devel.2463403.n2.nabble.com/Proposal-add-quot-volume-title-quot-as-a-CSL-variable-td7578684.html , where (for now) the consensus proposal seems to be the addition of "volume-title" and "issue-title" variables.

@nickbart1980

I'd like to invite everyone to reconsider: I have come to the conclusion that introducing volume-title is not the optimal solution.
Reason: For a book (a single volume that is part of a multivolume monograph) with a title and a volume-title, the title – quite unlike all other titles – will not be the title of the smallest, most specific unit involved. Also, title-short will no longer be a convenient, i.e., specific shorthand to refer to this item – the shortest unique from will always have to include a volume number, e.g. “Collected Works, Vol. 3”.

My revised proposal is to introduce a new CSL variable for holding the title of the multivolume monograph (e.g. “Collected Works”), and keep the CSL title variable for the the title of the single volume (e.g., “Tragedies”). Assuming we call the new CSL variable collective-title, as many library catalogues do, this is what it would look like in CSL:

  • title (e.g. “Tragedies”)
  • collective-title (e.g., “Collected Works”)
  • collection-title (e.g., “Oxbridge Classical Texts”)

and for chapters:

  • title (e.g. “Macbeth”)
  • container-title (e.g. “Tragedies”)
  • collective-title (e.g., “Collected Works”)
  • collection-title (e.g., “Oxbridge Classical Texts”)

(collective-title of course is very similar to collection-title; other candidates are main-title, or multivolume-title.)

This, by the way, corresponds to the approach taken by biblatex, which has, for books:

  • title (e.g. “Tragedies”)
  • maintitle (e.g., “Collected Works”)
  • series (e.g., “Oxbridge Classical Texts”)

and for chapters:

  • title (e.g. “Macbeth”)
  • booktitle (e.g. “Tragedies”)
  • maintitle (e.g., “Collected Works”)
  • series (e.g., “Oxbridge Classical Texts”)
@eu-genia
eu-genia commented Apr 7, 2016

I am not sure that jumping in is allowed for non-developers - i was looking for an answer to this question and came across the thread - just in case there is work going on, i believe the very last consideration is not quite fitting, and volume-title is a far better and much expected solution - as it would also work for cases where volume-title does not work independently from the book title.
E.g. Sources of Japanese Tradition (title), I (volume number): From Earliest Times to 1600 (volume title); Sources of Japanese Tradition, II: 1600 to 2000, etc. Such cases cannot be inverted to "From Earliest Times..., Vol. 1 of ...".
Feel free to delete this observation if out of place!

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