Special or Theme Issue
3.11.7 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).