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The following frequently used journals publish a separate, regular supplement with its own volume number (note – this list is not complete):
|Acta Anat||Acta Anat Suppl|
|Acta Oto-Laryngol||Acta Oto-Laryngol Suppl|
|Acta Physiol Scand||Acta Physiol Scand Suppl|
|Circ Res||Circ Res Suppl|
|Dev Biol||Dev Biol Suppl|
|Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol||Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol Suppl|
|Exp Brain Res||Exp Brain Res Suppl|
|Exp Neurol||Exp Neurol Suppl|
|Experientia Basel||Exper Suppl Basel|
|Int Rev Neurobiol||Int Rev Neurobiol Suppl|
|Neurosci Lett||Neurosci Lett Suppl|
In the above journals, the abbreviation Suppl is treated exactly the same as the rest of the title. It should not be separated from the main title by the volume number, because it is part of the main title.
In some other journals, the supplement is not published as a separate journal title; it is part of the journal. Perhaps it is a collection of abstracts from other journals; maybe it is a list of instrument manufacturers; sometimes it is the proceedings of a society meeting. Such infrequent "extras" are not published as a separate journal.
For instance, suppose an author learned of new ways to use a piece of optical equipment in the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Instrument Supplement and listed the reference:
Invest Ophthalmol Visual Sci xx, Suppl xx: page range, year.
If the supplement had a number (say, 3 of 4 issued that year), the italics would end after Suppl:
Invest Ophthalmol Visual Sci xx, Suppl 3: page range, year.
Generally, if the author does not separate the Suppl from the journal title, we should not. If he provides a supplement number, we should separate the Suppl per style. (Note: a number in parentheses directly following a volume number is usually an issue number and should be eliminated. Query only if the issue number is high and the page range is low, indicating that page numbering begins anew each issue.)
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last edited 07/10/03