Creating new SLU-series

Last changed: 31 October 2017
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This page gives you information and recommendations on what to think about when creating new series or publishing a part of a serie. Please contact the SLU library for advise during the process.

Creating new series

At SLU, two different types of series, report series and fact sheets are created. The library recommends that series are published in digital format only.

The publishing department is usually responsible for all practical issues concerning the serials. The head of department is the responsible publisher if nothing else is specified.

Report series (a kind of monograph series)

Report series is available at most of SLU's institutions. Each part has a unique title and specified authors or other editors. Each part of a report series receives an ISBN and are also given an individual sequential number in the series.

Reports that started before 2008 were also assigned an ISSN, this is no longer done, but the series that have an ISSN keep it.

Examples of how a SLU report series can be designed.

Factsheets

A fact sheet consists of a smaller number of pages, four pages are the most common. Each part has a unique title and specified authors or other editors. Fact sheets do not provide ISBN or ISSN numbers, but are given an individual sequential number.

Example of how a SLU fact sheet can be designed.

How do I get an ISBN and part number?

Choosing title - what is important?

Try to choose a unique series title that is specific and well-differentiated from all other series. That will make the series easy to identify, search and refer to. Good examples of unique series titles:
  • Aqua reports
  • Emergo: studies in the biogeophysical environment
  • Landskap, trädgård, jordbruk: rapportserie
  • Röbäcksdalen meddelar: rapport

Sometimes a more standardized titel is choosen, starting with for example "Report" or "Degree paper". It is then necessary to make additions to the name to make the title unique. For example:

  • Rapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för anatomi och fysiologi
  • Rapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa

How should parts of series be designed?

Two most common forms of series sequential number are:

  • Sequential number with annual basis that assigns a specific number within a given annual description. Example: 2012:1; 2012:2; 2012:3. This form makes it easy to overview the publications of a specific year, and it makes it easier to search for the parts by year in different databases.
  • Progressive sequential number, independent of publication year. Example: 1, 2, 3, 295, 296, 10545. The main advantage of this form is that the parts of the series are easily found by means of a unique number not relating to the year of publication. Searching of series under year categories in a database is in many cases ruled out.

The SLU University Library recommend the sequential number with annual basis.

How do I state the university affiliation? 

The university affiliation is given according to the form: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department, possible further attributes, postal address with box- and postal number. Read here for more information.

For fact sheets, the university affiliation is stated either on the first page as in the example LTV-fakultetens faktablad, or on the last page as in the example Fakta Skog.

For reports, the university affiliation is stated with the authors on the title page.

Recommendations for the cover and title pages.

When formatting the cover- and the title page for new series one should always strive to achieve a simple and unequivocal look. Series should have a separate cover page and one title page.

The following should be stated on the cover page:

  • SLU-logotype, designed according to SLU's Graphic profile . If there are publishers/institutional collaborators other than SLU, their logotype should also be provided. (We recommend that it is placed on the title page, but may be placed on the cover page if necessary).
  • Title
  • Title in another language (if relevant)
  • Author(s)
  • The name of the university
  • Publisher (faculty and/or department)
  • Publisher, complimentary information (department/area, section/unit)
  • Series title (unique title)
  • Series sequential number
  • Series ISSN (if existing)
  • Year and place of publication

The following should be stated on the title page:

  • Title
  • Title in another language (if relevant)
  • Author(s)
  • The authors university affiliation according to the form: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department, possible further attributes, postal address with box- and postal number. Read here for more information. 
  • The name of the university
  • Publisher (faculty and/or department)
  • Publisher, complimentary information (department/area, section/unit)
  • Series title (unique title)
  • Series sequential number
  • Series ISSN (if existing)
  • ISBN (if relevant)
  • Year and place of publication. Place of publication is where the publishing department is situated no matter where the printing occurs.
  • Keywords
  • Responsible experts, proof readers, series editors or similar (if relevant)
  • The author's e-mail (SLU-address)
  • Information about cover photo (if relevant)
  • Bibliographic reference/citation recommendation
  • External authors logotypes
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