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Serials actions can be accessed by going to the 'More' menu at the top of your screen and choosing 'Serials' or by clicking 'Serials' on the main Koha staff interface page. The serials module in Koha is used for keeping track of journals, newspapers and other items that come on a regular schedule.

As with all modules, make sure you go through the related implementation checklist and system preferences before using the serials module.

  • Get there: More > Serials

Manage serial frequencies

يحتفظ كوها بتسجيلة من تواترات النشر لتسهيل الإدارة والنسخ

  • Get there: More > Serials > Manage frequencies

From this page you can view all of the existing frequencies in your system.

Table of serial frequencies

You can edit, delete and create new ones.

Adding a frequency

To add a new frequency, click on the 'New frequency' button.

New frequency form

  • Description: this is the name that will appear in the drop-down menu when creating a new serial subscription; make sure it is descriptive

  • Unit: this is the unit used for counting the cycle of publication. Choose either none (for irregular frequencies), day, week, month, or year.

  • Issues per unit: this is how many issues are published during the unit chosen above (this will usually be 1).

  • Units per issue: this is how many units must we count until the next issue is published.

  • Display order: this is the display order in the drop-down menu when creating a new subscription (you may want to put the most used frequencies at the top and the less frequent at the bottom; the top-most position is 0). Several frequencies can have the same display order value. If this is the case, they will appear in the order they were created.

Tip

To understand 'issues per unit' versus 'units per issue' you can read it as '<issues per unit> issue(s) every <units per issues> <unit>'. For example, a biweekly frenquency (every two weeks) would be '1 issue every 2 weeks'. So 'issues per unit' would be 1 and 'units per issue' would be 2. See below for more examples.

Examples

Here are some examples for most common serial publication frequencies.

Frequency

Unit

Issues per unit

Units per issue

Daily ("1 issue every 1 day")

Day

1

1

Three times per week ("3 issues every 1 week")

Week

3

1

Semiweekly ("2 issues every 1 week")

Week

2

1

Weekly ("1 issue every 1 week")

Week

1

1

Biweekly ("1 issue every 2 weeks")

Week

1

2

Monthly ("1 issue every 1 month")

Month

1

1

Bimonthly ("1 issue every 2 months")

Month

1

2

Quarterly ("1 issue every 3 months")

Month

1

3

Semiannual ("1 issue every 6 months")

Month

1

6

Annual ("1 issue every 1 year")

Year

1

1

Biennal ("1 issue every 2 years")

Year

1

2

Manage serial numbering patterns

Every time you create a new numbering pattern in serials you can save it for later use. These patterns are accessible via the 'Manage numbering patterns' page.

  • Get there: More > Serials > Manage numbering patterns

This page will list for you the numbering patterns you have saved in the past as well as a few basic patterns.

Numbering patterns table

Note

If you have upgraded from an old version of Koha (before 3.14) you will see 'Backup patterns' listed for patterns. This is how Koha saved your old numbering patterns. You can edit these to give them more meaningful names from here.

Adding a numbering pattern

To add new new pattern click the 'New numbering pattern' button.

New numbering pattern form

  • Name: this is the name that will appear in the drop-down menu when creating a new serial subscription; make sure it is descriptive.

  • Description: this is to further describe the numbering pattern; this does not appear when creating a new subscription, it only displays in the numbering patterns table (see above).

  • Numbering formula: this is what is used to create the number for each issue. You can use up to three variables {X}, {Y}, and {Z} (see below). Along with the variables, you can enter any text you want to have appear in the issue number. You must also include any spaces you want to see in the issue numbers. The text will stay the same for each issue and the variables will vary.

    Warning

    The variables must be in capital letters and between curly brackets.

    Examples

    • Vol. {X} No {Y}

    • Issue {X}

    • {X} {Y}

  • Display order: this is the display order in the drop-down menu when creating a new subscription (you may want to put the most used frequencies at the top and the less frequent at the bottom; the top-most position is 0). Several frequencies can have the same display order value. If this is the case, they will appear in the order they were created.

In the table, you need to enter the parameters for each variable.

  • Label: this is simply a name for the variable, it is not used anywhere else, but it helps identify what the variable is supposed to be.

  • Add: how many numbers or units are added to the variable.

  • Each: the numbers or units added to the variable are added each how many issues.

  • Set back to: this is used for cyclic numbering; enter the starting number.

  • When more than: this is used for cyclic numbering; enter the last number.

Tip

When filling out these four parameter ('add', 'each', 'set back to' and 'when more than'), work column by column and read it as a sentence: "Add 1 Every 1 issue, set back to 1 when greater than 10".

  • Formatting: this is used if, instead of numbers, you want words to appear in your issue number. You can choose

    • Name of day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.)

    • Name of day (abbreviated) (Mon, Tue, Wed, etc.)

    • Name of month (January, February, March, etc.)

    • Name of month (abbreviated) (Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.)

    • Name of season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)

    • Name of season (abbreviated) (Spr, Sum, Fal, Win)

Warning

When filling out the table, you must always use numbers, even to represent names of days, months or seasons. Here are the equivalent for each

Days

Sunday

0

Monday

1

Tuesday

2

Wednesday

3

Thursday

4

Friday

5

Saturday

6

Months

January

0

February

1

March

2

April

3

May

4

June

5

July

6

August

7

September

8

October

9

November

10

December

11

Seasons

Spring

0

Summer

1

Fall

2

Winter

3

Before you save your numbering pattern, you can test it to make sure it behaves as you intend.

  • Frequency: choose a frequency that fits with your numbering pattern.

  • First issue publication date: choose a date where your test will start.

  • Subscription length: enter a number of issues, weeks or months to test your numbering pattern; if the numbering pattern is cyclic, it is recommended to try at least two cycles to see the change in cycles and make sure it behaves correctly.

  • Locale: if using names of days, months or season, you can choose the language in which these names will be displayed.

    Note

    Locale doesn't currently work well with season names.

Next enter the parameters for your variables.

  • Begins with: enter the first value for each variable, these should be the values of the issue entered in 'First issue publication date' above.

  • Inner counter: enter how many issues have already passed in the cycle, so that Koha can calculate when to cycle back.

Click 'Test pattern' to see the results. If the result is what you expected, you can save your numbering pattern. If the results does not match your expectations, go back and tweak the parameters and test again.

Examples

Month and year for monthly serials

Numbering formula: {X} {Y}

X

Y

Z

Label

Month

Year

Add

1

1

Every

1

12

Set back to

0

0

When more than

11

99999

Formatting

Name of month

Volume and number for monthly serials

Numbering formula: Vol.{X} No.{Y}

X

Y

Z

Label

Volume

Number

Add

1

1

Every

12

1

Set back to

0

1

When more than

99999

12

Formatting

Season and year for quarterly serials

Numbering formula: {X} {Y}

X

Y

Z

Label

Season

Year

Add

1

1

Every

1

4

Set back to

0

0

When more than

3

99999

Formatting

Name of season

Volume and number for weekly serials

Numbering formula: Vol.{X} No.{Y}

X

Y

Z

Label

Volume

Number

Add

1

1

Every

52

1

Set back to

0

1

When more than

99999

52

Formatting

Adding a subscription

Subscriptions can be added by clicking the 'New' button on any bibliographic record and choosing 'New subscription'

Click on New and choose New subscription in a bibliographic record

Or click the 'New subscription' button in the serials module

Main page of the serials module with the left hand side menu and the New subscription button

If you are entering a new subscription from the Serials module you will be presented with a blank form (if creating new from a bibliographic record the form will include the record number info).

Add a new subscription form (1 of 2)

  • Vendor: can be found by either searching vendors entered via the Acquisitions module or manually entering the vendor ID number

    • معلومات المزود غير مطلوبة

    • من أجل المطالبة بالأعداد المفقودة و المتأخرة تحتاج لإدخال معلومات الموّرد

      Warning pop up saying 'If you wish to claim late or missing issues you must link this subscription to a vendor. Click OK to ignore or Cancel to return and enter a vendor'

  • Record: the biblionumber of the MARC record you'd like to link this subscription to

    • If you created a new subscription from a bibliographic record, the biblionumber and the title will already be filled in

    • You can search for an existing record by clicking on the 'Search for record' link below the boxes

    • If there is no existing bibliographic record for this subscription, you can create one by clicking on the 'Create record' link below the boxes

    • You can also manually enter the biblionumber for a record in the first box

  • Next you can choose whether a new item is created when receiving an issue

    Note

    If you add barcodes to issues or if your circulate them, choose to create an item upon reception

  • When there is an irregular issue: choose how to handle irregularities in your subscription, by either skipping the issue number or keeping the issue number

    Note

    If the numbers are always sequential, choose 'Keep issue number'

  • Manual history: if checked, you will be able to enter serials outside the prediction pattern once the subscription is saved. For example, 'The library has issues from June 1974 to December 1996'. To do so, go to the 'Planning' tab on the subscription detail page once the subscription is saved and click 'Edit history'.

    Subscription details page, Planning tab

  • Call number: your item's call number or call number prefix, this will be copied to items if they are created upon receiving.

  • Library: the branch that owns this subscription.

    • إذا ما اشتركت أكثر من مكتبة بهذه الدورية فإنك ستحتاج ﻹنشاء إشتراك لكل مكتبة

    • This can be done easily by using the 'Edit as new (duplicate)' option found on the subscription information page and changing only the 'Library' field

      The Edit as new (duplicate) option under the Edit button in the subscription details page

  • Public note: any notes you would like to appear in the OPAC for the patrons

  • Nonpublic note: should be used for notes that are only visible to staff members via the staff interface

  • Patron notification: you can pick a notice to send to patrons who subscribe to updates on this serial via the OPAC.

    • For this option to appear you need to make sure that you have a 'Serials (new issue)'-type notice set up in the 'Notices and slips' tool

  • Location: the shelving location, this will be copied to items if they are created upon receiving.

  • Item type: if creating items upon reception, choose the item type of the items created.

  • Item type for older issues: if creating items upon reception, choose the item type that will be assigned to previous issues when receiving new issues. This will only appear only if the makePreviousSerialAvailable is enabled.

  • Grace period: the number of days before an issue is automatically moved from 'Expected' status to 'Late'. This mechanism requires that the SerialsUpdate.pl cron job is set up to run regularly.

  • Number of issues to display to staff: this allows you to control how many issues appear by default in the staff interface catalog, in the 'Subscriptions' tab of the bibliographic record.

    Note

    This does not affect the number of items shown in the 'Holdings' tab if you create items for issues. It only affects the number of issues displayed in the 'Subscriptions' tab.

  • Number of issues to display to the public: this allows you to control how many issues appear by default in the OPAC, in the 'Subscriptions' tab in bibliographic records

    Note

    This does not affect the number of items shown in the 'Holdings' tab if you create items for issues. It only affects the number of issues displayed in the 'Subscriptions' tab.

حالما يتم تعبئة البيانات يمكنك الضعط على "التالي" لادخال بيانات "نمط التنبؤ".

Add a new subscription form (2 of 2)

  • First issue publication date: enter the date of the issue you have in your hand, the date from which the prediction pattern will start

  • Frequency: choose the frequency of your serial. There are several pre-defined options all of which are visible alongside your own custom frequencies in 'manage frequencies'. If the frequency you are looking for is not there, you can add a custom frequency.

  • Subscription length: enter the number of issues, weeks, or months in the subscription. This is also used for setting up renewal alerts.

  • Subscription start date: this is the date at which the subscription begins. This is used for setting up renewal alerts.

  • Subscription end date: this should only be entered for subscriptions that have ended (if you're entering in a backlog of serials).

  • Numbering pattern: choose how issues are numbered. The options here are the ones in the manage numbering patterns section.

    • If the numbering pattern you need has not been created yet, you can create a new one by clicking on 'Show advanced pattern' and then 'Modify pattern'. This is be the same as adding a numbering pattern (see section above).

      Form to create a new numbering pattern from the subscription form

  • Locale: if using names of days, months or season, you can choose the language in which these names will be displayed.

    Note

    Locale doesn't currently work well with season names.

  • Once a 'Numbering pattern' is chosen the numbering table will appear.

    Table to enter the starting numbers for the numbering pattern

    • Begins with: enter the first value for each variable, these should be the values of the issue entered in 'First issue publication date' above.

    • Inner counter: enter how many issues have already passed in the cycle, so that Koha can calculate when to cycle back.

      • على سبيل المثال: اذا كان أول عدد سوف تستلمه هو "مجلد رقم 4، رقم 1، العدد 796" عندها تحتاج الى جعل "العداد الداخلي = 0" ولكن اذا كان العدد هو "مجلد 4، رقم 4، العدد 769" عندها يصبح العداد الداخلي "1".

    • بعد تعبئة هذه البيانات اضغط على زر "إختبر نمط التوقع" لترى أي الأعداد سوف يولدها النظام، وإذا لاحظت عدم تناسق يمكنك اختيار اي الاعدادات غير موجودة من القائمة المعروضة.

      Prediction of the numbering for each issue in the subscription

  • If you have added custom fields, they will be editable above the buttons at the bottom of the screen

Click 'Save subscription' to save the information you have entered.

Editing a subscription

To edit a subscription, click on 'Edit' and 'Edit subscription' from the subscription page. This will take you back to the same form as the one used when creating a new subscription.

The Edit subscription option under the Edit button in the subscription details page

You can also batch edit subscriptions. To do so, search for the subscriptions you want to change. In the results, check the boxes next to the subscriptions to edit. The link 'Edit selected serials' will appear.

Subscription search results, two subscriptions are selected and the option Edit selected serials is available

From there, you can change:

  • the vendor

  • the shelving location

  • the library

  • the item type

  • the public note

  • the nonpublic note

  • whether or not to create an item when receiving an issue

  • the expiration date

  • any custom fields

Subscription batch editing form

Note

Leave the field unchanged to keep the original values.

Receiving issues

Issues can be marked as received from several locations. To find a subscription, use the search box at the top of the Serials page to search for the serial you'd like to receive issues for:

Search for serial subscriptions in the search bar at the top of the screen, and results

From the search results you can click the 'Serial receive' buton or you can click on the subscription title and then click the 'Receive' button.

Subscription details page, Information tab, with buttons at the top (New subscription for this serial, Edit, Renew, Receive, Close) and menu on the left (Serial collection, Create routing list, Claims, Check expiration, Manage frequencies, Manage numbering patterns, Serials statistics wizard)

The final way to receive serials is from the 'Serial collection' page. To the left of the Subscription summary page there is a menu with a link to 'Serial collection'

From the page that opens up, check the issue(s) you want to receive (the expected ones should be checked by default) and click 'Edit serials'.

Serial collection page, the issues table shows three issues that have already been received and one issue still expected, the expected issue is checked

كل ثلاثة من هذه الخيارات سيظهر شكل الاصدار المستلم:

Issue receive form, the status drop-down menu is opened and the cursor points to Arrived

  • Choose 'Arrived' from the status drop-down menu to mark an issue as received.

  • If you have decided to have an item record created for each issue an item add form will appear after choosing 'Arrived'. You can add multiple copies using the 'Number of copies to be made of this item' option at the bottom of the form.

    Issue receive form with the item creation form opened

  • If your issue has a supplemental issue with it, fill in the Supplemental issue information.

    • Key the entire numbering in the box after "Supplemental issue" no numbering will be inherited/auto-filled from the main issue, and exactly what you key in the box after "Supplemental issue" will be auto-filled in the item record's Serial enumeration/chronology [MARC21 952$h] (if you create item records).

      • E.g., key this in its entirety if it's what you would like displayed: "v.69 no.3 (Mar. 2015) suppl."

  • إذا قررت إنشاء تسجيلة مادة لكل عدد سوف يظهر :ref:`نموذج إضافة مادة <adding-items-label> لإضافتك وللعدد نفسه

  • عند إنتهائك من إدخال معلوماتك ، بإمكانك أن تنقر على 'حفظ'

Serial collection

Each subscription has a Serial collection page available from the main Serials menu.

Subscription details page, Information tab, with buttons at the top (New subscription for this serial, Edit, Renew, Receive, Close) and menu on the left (Serial collection, Create routing list, Claims, Check expiration, Manage frequencies, Manage numbering patterns, Serials statistics wizard)

From this page you can manage additional tasks related to subscription issues such as receiving multiple issues and editing.

Serial collection page, the issues table shows three issues that have already been received and one issue still expected, the expected issue is checked

Clicking the Generate next button will generate the next issue for you and mark the previously expected issue as ‘Late’ automatically.

Check the box in the Edit column for one or more previous issues and then click the Edit serials button. This will bring you to the same screen as when you are receiving issues. From there, you can edit the numbering, dates, status, and add notes.

Creating a routing list

A routing list is a list of people who receive the serial before it goes to the shelf. To enable routing lists, set your RoutingSerials preference to 'Use'.

When on the subscription page you will see a link to the left that reads 'Create routing list' or 'Edit routing list'

Subscription details page, Information tab, with buttons at the top (New subscription for this serial, Edit, Renew, Receive, Close) and menu on the left (Serial collection, Create routing list, Claims, Check expiration, Manage frequencies, Manage numbering patterns, Serials statistics wizard)

Clicking that link will bring you to the form to add a new routing list.

Create routing list form

From here, click 'Add recipients' to add users to the routing list. In the menu that appears you can filter patrons by part of their name, their library, or their patron category.

Patron search to add to routing list

Click 'Add' to the right of each name to add them to the routing list. When you have chosen all of the people for the list, click the 'Close' button to be redirected to the routing list.

Editing routing list form

From this form, you can play with the order of the users and add notes. If you always add the same note, you can enter it in the RoutingListNote system preference.

If the list looks the way you expect it to, click 'Save'.

Next, you will be brought to a preview of the routing list. To print the list click 'Save and preview routing slip.' This will open a printable version of the list.

Routing list preview

If RoutingListAddReserves is enabled, patrons listed in the routing list will automatically be added to the holds list for the issue.

To see a list of all of the routing lists for a specific patron is visit the routing lists tab on their patron record. Patrons are able to see a list of their own routing lists when logged into the OPAC in the your routing lists tab.

Subscriptions in the staff interface

معلومات الأشتراك سوف تظهر السجلات الببليوغرافية تحت تبويب "الاشتراكات"

The Subscriptions tab of a bibliographic record in the staff interface

Clicking the 'Subscription details' link will take you to the Subscription summary page in the staff interface.

Subscription details page, Information tab, with buttons at the top (New subscription for this serial, Edit, Renew, Receive, Close) and menu on the left (Serial collection, Create routing list, Claims, Check expiration, Manage frequencies, Manage numbering patterns, Serials statistics wizard)

If you are using the acquisitions module to keep track of serial subscriptions you will see an extra 'Acquisition details' tab in your subscription details.

Acquisitions details tab in a bibliographic record attached to a serial subscription

Note

You can customize the columns of this table in the 'Table settings' section of the Administration module (table id: orders).

Subscriptions in the OPAC

When viewing the subscription in the OPAC there will be several options. You can choose which tab appears by default with the opacSerialDefaultTab system preference.

Like in the staff interface, there will be a Subscriptions tab on the bibliographic record.

The Subscriptions tab of a bibliographic record in the OPAC

Under this tab will appear the number of issues you chose when setting up the subscription or in your OPACSerialIssueDisplayCount system preference. Clicking the 'More details' link will provide you with additional information about the serial history. You can set the default view of the serial history in the OPAC with the SubscriptionHistory system preference.

There are two views, brief and full. The brief serial subscription history will show basic information regarding the subscription.

Brief history of a subscription in the OPAC

From this brief display patrons can subscribe to be notified of new issues as they are released by clicking the 'Subscribe to email notifications of new issues' button. This link will only appear if you have chosen to notify patrons when creating the subscription.

You can see those who subscribe to new issue alerts by going to the subscription page in the staff client and looking on the right of the 'Information' tab.

Subscription details page, Information tab

في حين أن كامل العرض يظهر تفاصيل واسعة، مقسمة حسب السنة، فيما يتعلق بالإشتراك

Full history of a subscription in the OPAC

Claiming late issues

Koha can send email messages to your serial vendors if you have late issues. To the left of the main serials page there is a link to 'Claims'.

Main page of the serials module with the left hand side menu and the New subscription button

الارتباطات إلى المطالبات كما يظهر على يمين الصفحة تفاصيل الاشتراك

Subscription details page, Information tab, with buttons at the top (New subscription for this serial, Edit, Renew, Receive, Close) and menu on the left (Serial collection, Create routing list, Claims, Check expiration, Manage frequencies, Manage numbering patterns, Serials statistics wizard)

If you don't have a claim notice defined yet you will see a warning message that you need to first define a notice in the Notices and slips tool.

Warning No claims notice defined. Please define one.

بالنقر على 'مطالبات' سيفتح لك تقريراً يطلب منك أن تختار من ضمن موردي الدوريات المختلفين ليتم توليد مطالبات للأعداد المتأخرة .

Claims report result

من قائمة الأعداد المتأخرة تستطيع أن تختار أيها تريد أن يتم إرسال بريد الكتروني للمطالبة من خلال النقر على مربع الاختيار على يمين العدد المتأخر، اختر قالب الإشعار لاستخدامه وانقر زر 'أرسل الإشعار'

You can also export the results to a CSV file by choosing a CSV profile and clicking 'Download selected claims'.

Checking serial expiration

When adding serials you enter a subscription length, using the check expiration tool you can see when your subscriptions are about to expire. To use the tool, click the link to 'Check expiration' on the serials menu.

Check subscription expiration search form

In the form that appears you need to enter at least a date to search by. You can also search by title, ISBN or library.

في نتائجك سترى كل الاشتراكات التي ستنتهي قبل التاريخ المُدخَل. من هناك يمكنك أن تختار لعرض الاشتراك أو لتجدده بنقرة واحدة.

Check expiration search results

If there is more than one subscription, you can check the boxes and click on 'Renew selected subscriptions' to renew all the serials. The serials will be renewed for the same amount of time as their previous subscription (i.e. if the last subscription for that serial lasted one year, the serial will be renewed for one year; if the last subscription was for 16 issues, it will be renewed for another 16 issues).

Check expiration search results, two results are checked and the Renew selected subscription is available

Renewing subscriptions

إذا اشتراكك قد انتهت الدورية فلن تكون قادرة على الحصول على الأعداد المرفقة. لتجديد اشتراكك يمكنك النقر فوق زر 'تجديد' في أعلى صفحة تفاصيل الاشتراك .

Subscription details page, Information tab, with buttons at the top (New subscription for this serial, Edit, Renew, Receive, Close) and menu on the left (Serial collection, Create routing list, Claims, Check expiration, Manage frequencies, Manage numbering patterns, Serials statistics wizard)

Once you click the 'Renew' button you will be presented with renewal options.

Subscription renewal form

  • Start date: enter the date your subscription period starts.

  • Subscription length: enter the number of issues, weeks or months your subscription lasts

  • Library: enter the library for which this subscription is

  • Note for the librarian that will manage your renewal request: enter any notes you might have about this renewal.

Click 'Submit'.

If your RenewSerialAddsSuggestion system preference is enabled, renewing a subscription will create a purchase suggestion in the acquisitions module so that your acquisitions staff can manage it.

Searching serials

Once in the Serials module there is basic search box at the top that you can use to find subscriptions using any part of the ISSN and/or title.

Search for serial subscriptions in the search bar at the top of the screen, and results

You can also click the 'Advanced search' link to the right of the 'Submit' button to do a more thorough search of your serials.

Serials advanced search form

Note

If you have additional fields that are searchable, they will appear in this form.

From your results you can filter by using the search boxes at the bottom of each column and adjust the number of results using the toolbar at the top of the results set.

Subscription search results, two subscriptions are selected and the option Edit selected serials is available