One year, one volume. Almost all journals use this widely accepted system. Tetrahedron included. Except for this small anomaly that just presented itself before my eyes. See screenshot below. Does anybody know why Volume 50 of Tetrahedron encompasses four whole calendar years? I smell a good story behind this. I expect you to enlighten me!



5 Responses to What happened over at Tetrahedron’s in the early 90’s?

  1. Alex says:

    From my experience (and trust me, I’ve looked through a lot of journals), the majority of old journals have bad relationships with volume numbers. Just look at your example: “Tet” had 5 volumes in 1961, two in 1961 and (mostly) one thereafter.

    My personal favorite are ACS journals: one volume per year. Period. I’m loving it.

  2. Simon says:

    I think it’s just a mistake. Volume 50 issues are all in fact dated 1994.

  3. See Arr Oh says:

    There passed a time when I had to enter lots and lots of journal articles one-by-one into Endnote to make sure the formatting came out correctly. After a while, I didn’t even look up vol. numbers, because I knew the first vol. of JACS was 1879, OL 1999, etc. So I just counted up from there.

  4. Fredrik A says:

    Some of the dates are funny too

    Volume 50, Issue 6 pp. 1539-1918 (7 January 1994)
    Volume 50, Issue 5 pp. 1311-1538 (31 January 1994)
    Volume 50, Issue 4 pp. 957-1310 (24 January 1994)
    Volume 50, Issue 3 pp. 573-956 (17 January 1994)
    Volume 50, Issue 2 pp. 285-572 (10 January 1994)
    Volume 50, Issue 1 pp. 1-284 (3 April 1994)

  5. Paul says:

    I remember having the same kind of problem, but not for Tetrahedron.
    With the habit of noting down a reference quickly in conferences before the next slide comes up, I generally take my references as follows: abbreviated journal’s name – year – first page, as it works 95% of the time.
    Then when I had to look into less read titles, this just didn’t work. I remember having a tough time to find papers in Phytochemistry and Heterocycles as volumes and years don’t match.
    Same can be said about the journal that now is Adv. Synth. Catal. (J. Prakt. Chemie) which used to have a couple of volumes a year.

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