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Periodical Publications
Consecutively Paginated
Journals................................R16.4
Nonconsecutively Paginated 
Journals & Magazines..............R16.5
Newspapers............................R16.6
Geographical Terms...................T10
Month Abbreviations..................T12
Periodical Titles.........................T13

 

Typeface Conventions

Footnotes: periodical title in small caps typeface

Textual Sentence: title in italics

 

General Rules for Periodical Publications

There are a different kinds of periodicals, and the type of periodical may alter the general periodical citation format. Some general rules and common examples are given below:

Generally - Indicate the name of the periodical in small caps typeface, abbreviating according to Table 13 and Table 10.

Consecutively Paginated Journals & Magazines - Articles in periodicals that are continuously paginated throughout an entire volume.

David Rudovsky, Police Abuse: Can the Violence Be Contained?, 27 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 465, 500 (1992).

Nonconsecutively Paginated Journals & Magazines - Articles in periodicals that are separately paginated within each issue. Include the first page of the article and a pinpoint cite if necessary.

Barbara Ward, Progress for a Small PlanetHARV. BUS. REV., Sept.-Oct. 1979, at 89, 90.

Newspapers - Typically cited like nonconsecutively paginated journals. Indicate the place of publication if not clear from the name. Designate editorials, paper sections, and only indicate the first page of the article.

Ari L. Goldman, O'Connor Warns Politicians Risk Excommunication over Abortion, N.Y. TIMES, June 15, 1990, at A1.

Online Newspapers - Similar form to print newspapers, but do not cite interchangeably unless the online version is an exact copy of the original print. (See Rule 18.2).

John M. Broder, Geography Is Dividing Democrats Over Energy, N.Y. TIMES, Jan. 27, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/science/earth/27coal.html.

 

Periodical Abbreviations

Abbreviate publication titles according to Table 13, which lists abbreviations for common legal periodicals as well as commonly used title words. Supplement with geographical abbreviations found in Table 10.

 

Tips

Only italicize commas that occur within italicized material. Commas separating segments of a periodical citation should use regular type.


Pinpoint page numbers are separated by a hyphen and always retain at least the last two digits. If the page numbers contain more than two digits, repeated digits can be dropped.

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