Determine that a linking relationship exists. The following situations indicate or suggest the presence of a linking relationship:
Related titles are in hand.
e.g., several issues of a serial are in hand and it is evident that a major change has occurred on later issues (according to RDA/LC-PCC PS 126.96.36.199 (works)).
Information in the piece in hand indicates a former title or related resource.
e.g., “formerly the Journal of Electron Microscopy” appears after the title or “Also issued in German and French editions” appears on the verso of the title page.
High volume numbering – when a serial is received for the first time with a volume numbering other than volume 1, consider the possibility that the title may have changed.
A catalog search turns up a record that seems to be related to the serial being cataloged, e.g., the serial in hand has the title Computer news and has a designation of volume 3, number 5, May 1992. A record is found online for Computer news & views which has the same publisher and begins with volume 1 in 1990.
The corporate body has been used as an authorized access point representing the work or expression (RDA 188.8.131.52) or as an addition to an authorized access point representing a work (RDA 184.108.40.206).
e.g., the name authority record for a university indicates that the name changed in 2007 and the serial in hand is no. 5, 2009. It is likely that earlier numbers were issued by the university under its earlier name.
The scope and subject of the serial indicates that it has probably been in existence for some time.
e.g., the 2011 Annual report of AT&T is received and a record cannot be found but it seems fairly certain that such a publication must have been issued for some time. Perhaps the title has changed.
An unexpected combination of language and country of publication implies it might be a translation or a language edition.
e.g., a serial in English is published in a non-English speaking country. Is this a translation of the original or are there multiple language editions published simultaneously? The scope and subject of the serial indicates that it has probably been in existence for some time.
b. Determine whether or not there is a record for the related resource. Locating the related record is important because:
The authorized access point in the record representing the related work or expression will be given in the link (RDA 24.4.2)
Identifiers for the related work, expression, or manifestation will be given in the link (RDA 24.4.1)
CONSER participants will add or update a corresponding link in the record for the related resource (e.g., if the related serial is an earlier title, field 785 for the related serial is added to the record)
A link may be made when a record is not found but the authorized access point can be determined.
14.1.3 What linking entry fields do and don’t do.
a. Links generate structured descriptions of the related resources (RDA 24.4.3). On output, links may be used to describe the nature of the relationship to the resource being linked to, such as Continues: [title], Continued by: [title], or Supplement to: [title]. The introductory words in these cases are generated by using the appropriate tag (fields 765-777) or second indicator value (fields 780 and 785) or by the $i relationship information subfield.4 For example, the field 780 00 $t Open laboratory $x 2168-0310 ... generates a note such as shown in bold below.
The Best science writing online.
New York, NY : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2012-
Continues: Open laboratory (ISSN: 2168-0310)
c. While they may perform a similar function of bringing related records together, linking entry fields are not intended to provide additional authorized access points for the resource being described. If an additional access point is desired for the catalog it may be input in another field (730, 700, 710, or 711) (see also Module 7).