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Special or Theme Issue

The NLM Recommended Formats6 defines a special or theme issue as follows: “Special issues are frequently published to present the papers from conferences.… They may also be published to commemorate a specific event or to bring together papers on a specific subject.” JAMA and the Archives Journals refer to these as theme issues. References to the complete contents of a special or theme issue of a journal should be cited as follows:

  • 1. Flanagin A, Winker MA, eds. Global health. JAMA. 2004;291(21, theme issue):2511-2664.

  • 2. Blodi BA, Ferris FL III, guest eds. Blindness. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(4, theme issue):437-676.

Special or theme issues may also be published as supplements (see 3.11.8, Supplements, for the recommended style for these).

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