To add a new publication, first locate and click on the most relevant category. At the bottom of the category page click the Add a publication button and you will be taken to the new publication page.
To edit an existing publication, locate the publication page, and then click the edit link.
The following fields are available for a publication:
To add a new issue, first locate the publication and click on the add issue button.
To edit an existing issue, locate the issue page, and then click the edit link.
The following fields are available for an issue:
Most publications are date based, so you would enter the year, month and possible the day of issue depending on whether it is an annual, quarterly, bimonthly, monthly, fortnightly or weekly publication. The issue month or date is almost always printed on the front cover. If there is also a volume and/or issue number these can be entered as well.
Some publications are not issued by date, but may include a volume and/or issue number.
Some publications may be issued seasonaly. In this case you can use the issue name to enter the relevant name.
Sometimes a publication may be issued regularly, eg. monthly, but they may publish a special issue such as an annual or a collector's edition of some sort. In this case enter any relevant date or volume/issue number information and include the title in the issue name field.
Firstly, this is probably the most time consuming part of adding an issue so however you are willing to do this is acceptable.
Ideally, you would type in the contents page directly as it appears in the magazine, using some special formatting, and also adding any missing terms that might make searching for articles better.
There is limited formatting that you can use to ensure that your listings are easy to read and consistent.
Magazines are usually broken up into sections. A car magazine might have sections for news, feature articles, and road tests. To indicate a section enter it on a line by itself but put two asterisks (**) in front, eg. **News.
To indicate that a row is about an article, start the line with a single asterisk (*).
If you don't use the formatting asterisks then you should leave a blank line between each article.
For each article, it would be ideal to include the following information:
At a bare minimum, the topics of major articles should be listed, so people can get an idea of what the issue features, and also find article by searching for topics.
Contents cannot include any HTML markup or hyperlinks.
Here's an example of how contents should be entered:
**News *Scoop photos of new Toyota Corolla *February sales take a dive **Features *Annual car audio buyer's guide *Interview with F1 driver John Smith **Road Tests *Porsche 911 versus BMW M3 (E36) *Volkswagen Transporter **Regulars *From the Editor *New car prices
One of the most important parts of entering contents is to identify the topic(s) of each article so that people can search for articles of interest.
If the article is about a specific make or model, then as much detail about that should be included. This might include the full make (eg. Mercedes-Benz not just Merc or Mercedes), the model, the series where possible, and the model variant.
Here's some examples to give you a better idea:
Toyota - if the article is about the Toyota brand, but not a specific model
Toyota Corolla - if the article is about the Toyota Corolla, but not a specific model variant
BMW 3-series E36 - if the article is about the E36 series BMW 3-series range
BMW 325i E36 - if the article is about this specific model
If the article is about other topics such as a personality, event (motor show, or racing event) then try and include as much information as possible.