A series is a sequence of separate works, authors, editions, edition groups, or publishers with a common theme. The theme is usually prominent in the branding of the entities in the series and the individual entities will often have been given a number indicating the position in the series.


Series Type

The type primarily describes what type of entity the series contains. A series can only contain a single type of entity; mixed entity types are not supported. The possible values are:

  • Work
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • Edition
  • Edition group

Ordering type

The ordering type determines whether the series is ordered automatically or manually.

Creating a series

1) Navigate to the series entity editor page by clicking the series link from the + Add dropdown menu list.

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2) Let's create a series The Lord of the Rings, an epic high fantasy novel by the English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien.

  • Give the series a name, sort name, and the language.
  • Select the ordering type of the series from the dropdown list. (default is Automatic)
  • Select the type of the series from the series type dropdown list. (default is Work)

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3) The Lord of the Rings has 3 volumes.

  • Chapter 1: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Chapter 2: The Two Towers
  • Chapter 3: The Return of the King

Let's add these works to the series.

Search for the works and add them to the series.

series editor

series editor

continue the same process for the other two works and add them to the series.

series editor

Give each work a number, indicating their sequence in the series. For example: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first chapter of the series, we can assign it a value 1, and so on for the other two works.

series editor

Note: You are not limited to numeric values, this is a free text field. In this case, we could have assigned "Book One", "Book Two" and "Book Three" instead of 1,2,3.

4) Add relationship(if any) and annotation for the series. Then finally click on the Submit button.

series relationship and annotation

After submission, you will be redirected to the series page.

series page

When to use Manual as Ordering Type ?

When the ordering type is Automatic, the series will be ordered in ascending order of the number attribute value assigned to the works.

Using Manual ordering type offers more control over the ordering of the items in the series. You can use the drag and drop tool to order the items in the series in any way you want.

Let's see this in action.

The Hobbit is a prequel to the series The Lord of the Rings. Let's add it to the series.

Edit the series and add the work to the series.

series editor

Oh! The Hobbit at bottom of the list does not match the series order. It would have beeen better if it was at the top of the list.

But, How to move it to the top?

  • Change the ordering type to Manual and use the drag and drop tool to move it to the top.

series drag n drop

Now submit the changes.

series page