Index Structure

The FictionMags Index Family
Index Structure

Each index in the FictionMags Index Family is (potentially) divided into the following main sections:

  Introduction        
Primary Indexes: by Name by Title by Series by Magazine Issue  
Secondary Indexes: Items by Author Items by Date Artists Books by Author Books by Title
Appendices: Biographical Notes Magazine Issues with Full-Text Links Magazine Issues with Missing Contents Books with Missing Contents  
  Statistics Newly Added/Improved Magazine Issues Newly Added/Improved Books Titles Not Included  
User Guide: Introduction Index Structure Abbreviations How to Add to the Index  
  Frequently Asked Questions Background Notes      

Note that the Secondary Indexes are included for compatibility with previous versions of the index and provide individual indexes to a subset of the primary indexes as follows:

As these indexes are only provided for upwards compatibility they will probably be removed in a future release, unless I hear good reasons to keep them. In an attempt to minimise confusion they have all been coloured a pale blue to distinguish them from the primary indexes. Similarly the appendices have been coloured a pale yellow.


Introduction

This page discusses the contents of this particular index.

by Name

An alphabetical listing of each individual in the index. The basic layout of each entry in the bottom level of the index is:

where:

The latter four hyperlinks then point to four separate sections of information about each individual:


Books by Author

An alphabetical listing of each author's works that were published as standalone items. The basic layout of each entry is:

Author (dates); (about) (items) (art) (chron)
  • * Title (publication details) (Need Contents)


where:

As with the Items by Author there will be separate sections for books by a particular author and those edited by the same person.

Note that if a book is by, or edited by, multiple authors, the book contents are only listed for the first person listed in the credits for the book. In this case each secondary author has an entry of the form:

were the second 'xxxx' is hyperlinked to the book contents listing for the primary author.


Book Contents List

An expanded alphabetical listing of each author's works that were published as standalone items. The basic layout of each entry is:

Book Title ed./by Book Author(s) (publication details)
Notes
  • Page Number · Item Title · Item Author · (Type) · Source Publication

where:

Items by Author

An alphabetical listing of each author's works. The basic layout of each entry in the bottom level of the index is:

Author (dates); (about) (books) (art) (chron)
  • * Title · (Type) · Source Publication
    • Reprint Publication


where:

Note that the listing may be divided into multiple sections, as follows:

Note also that stories which were published under a group title are typically listed both under the group title and separately under their own title.


Artists

This is similar to the Items by Author list, but lists artwork in publication date order.

Items by Date

This is similar to the Items by Author list, but lists each author's work in publication date order, omitting reprints.


by Title

An alphabetical listing of all items, omitting reprints, with links to the Items by Author or Books by Author list as appropriate.


by Series

A listing by series name of any entries which are known to form part of a series, hyperlinked to the associated entries in the Items by Author, Books by Author, Title and Magazine Issue lists. By default entries for each series are grouped by author, and then listed in chronological order of the original publication date. In selected cases this ordering may be supplemented, or replaced (as appropriate), by two alternative orderings:

Note that when a series relates to a character who is identified by name and also has a nickname (e.g. “Kent Allard (The Shadow)”) then the series is listed under the character name with a cross-reference from the nickname.


by Magazine Issue

A listing of the contents of each magazine issue, in alphabetical order of magazine title, with links to the Items by Author and Series lists for each entry. Where a magazine appeared under multiple titles, all issues are listed together under the most common title, with cross-reference links from all other magazine names used. Note that, as discussed above, some author names and/or entry titles may appear in a “standardised” form in the other indexes, but will always be listed in this index exactly as specified in the magazine (as far as is known). Where the same item is listed in different ways within the magazine issue, preference is given to the name/title that appeared at the head of the entry concerned with a note of any significant variations elsewhere.

Where possible, the entry in the issue index is either accompanied by a thumbnail cover scan of the issue concerned, hyperlinked (where possible) to a larger version of the same image (in the main Fictionmags Index) or accompanied directly by the larger image of the cover scan (in the specialist indexes). In addition, if a copy of the magazine text is known to exist online, a "Full Text" link will be displayed on the first line for the issue linking to this text.


Biographical Notes

This contains brief biographical notes for a number of authors in the index.


Magazine Issues with Full-Text Links

This contains a listing of all magazine issues for which copies are believed to exist online, in alphabetical order of magazine title, with links to the online copies. Note that in some cases (such as Hathi Trust) these copies may only be accessible from the United States.


Magazine Issues with Missing Contents

This is just a link to the genre-specific pages of "missing issues" in the FictionMags Index Portal or, for the FictionMags Index itself, to the list of missing issues for the "General Fiction Magazines" group.


Books with Missing Contents

This is just a list, in title order, of all collections or anthologies in the index for which contents information is needed..


Statistics

This is just a single page containing some (possibly) interesting statistics about the index, such as number of issues indexed, number of authors represented, and so on.


Newly Added/Improved Magazine Issues/Books

These just contain a list of magazines issues and, for the main Fictionmags Index, books, that have been added, or significantly improved, since the last time the index was published.


Titles Not Included

Where appropriate this is a list of titles that a user might expect to see in a given index but which have been excluded for some reason.


Introduction

This is just a link to the first page of the user documentation.


Index Structure

This is just a link to this page.


Abbreviations

This is just a link to the part of this documentation describing item types and other abbreviations.


How to Add to the Index

This is just a link to the part of this documentation describing how you can contribute to this (and other) indexes.


Frequently Asked Questions

This is just a link to the part of this documentation which addresses some questions we are frequently asked.


Background Notes

This is just a link to the part of this documentation containing a number of detailed notes about the way in which the indexes have been constructed.