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Hello, Tocchan, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

Please be careful in editing publications that have been primary verified by other editors. See Help:How to verify data#Making changes to verified pubs. But if you have a copy of an unverified publication, verifying it can be quite helpful. See Help:How to verify data for detailed information.

I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome!.--Dirk P Broer 03:14, 26 September 2018 (EDT)

Toshiya Kamei

Hi, I've put some of your submissions on hold. The main reason is the adding of Toshiya Kamei to the author field, while I have the idea that Toshiya Kamei is the translator. The translator is mentioned in the note field. He/she is only considered author when he/she is on the title page of the publication -as author. An other reason for putting submissions on hold is the publication format 'unknown'. A book is paperback (code pb, generally up to around 18 cm on the longest side), Trade paperback (code tp, bigger paperbacks) or hardcover (code hc, height not important). It is perhaps the hardest part of entering a piublication for a novice. Be sure to read our Field-by-field guide to creating and updating publication records!--Dirk P Broer 03:49, 26 September 2018 (EDT)

URLs for Amazon images

Hi, and a belated welcome! A quick note about Amazon's URLs for images: Amazon embeds sizing and other formatting information in its URLs that can cause strange behavior in the ISFDB pages when our software tries to embed the image. This information should be removed. Basically, you remove everything between the last two periods, along with one of those periods. So, for example, if Amazon has this URL:,204,203,200_.jpg

you would remove the part I highlighted and use:

instead. It is not terribly important if you don't do that -- the link works, and the image will be displayed -- but it looks better, and other moderators will likely tell you the same thing again. :-)

Thanks, and thank you for contributing. --MartyD 09:18, 13 October 2018 (EDT)

ISBN-10 vs ISBN-13 numbers

Hi, I noticed that you enter ISBN numbers in their ISBN-10 format. That is only valid for books published before 2007. After 2006 books are to be entered using the ISBN-13 format.--Dirk P Broer 10:08, 1 November 2018 (EDT)

Author names

Hi, I am holding a submission from you for Destellos de luna: Pioneros de la ciencia ficción japonesa. You entered the name of Unno Jūza (as he seems to be given in the book, according to a review) in his Japanese form. I would like to know from you how the name of the author is given in the book. That is the name that is to be entered. Afterwards we can variant the story to its Japanese original, and use the Japanese name for the author too.--Dirk P Broer 10:12, 1 November 2018 (EDT)

Pub Series

The ISFDB differentiates publisher series (publisher level series like Ballantine Adult Fantasy) from title series (universe or groupings of books independent of publisher like Dune Universe). Magazines are treated as a title series and should not be given a pub series. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:48, 2 November 2018 (EDT)

Douglas F. Dluzen


I had to change the way the name of Douglas F. Dluzen is written. Please see the help page for an explanation on suffixes standartization. Annie 21:26, 15 November 2018 (EST)

Magazine Dating

Magazine dates are a special case. We use the date printed on the cover or the masthead. If it uses a date like Summer 2018, then we enter only the year. We do not use secondary sources to determine exact publishing dates for magazines like we do for books. This is due to the fact that often magazines are printed before the cover date and it causes confusion. For the Kzine issues, they don't list a cover or masthead date, but they do have a copyright statement that lists month & year. That is close enough to add the month in, but we wouldn't add in the day. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:51, 18 November 2018 (EST)

Don Webb

Thank you for finding this. I have separated out Don Webb and Don Webb (editor). I pulled out any records that were obviously the editor. If you see any others that should be moved, please edit the title record and change the author field to "Don Webb (editor)". Thanks again. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:49, 19 November 2018 (EST)

Legal names

Just a reminder that Legal names for authors should be in the "Last, First" format unlike the canonical names. I fixed the one here. Annie 19:37, 24 December 2018 (EST)

Unreal Magazine

For the Unreal Magazine webzine:

  • Title: There should be a comma between the magazine title & the date (ex: "Unreal Magazine, December 31, 2018")
  • Web Pages: As the web page links are to individual stories, they are better placed onto the title records for the story and not for the publication. This is because the magazines are all joined under a single title record which combines all the web page links. Listing 52 web pages under a single title record ends up not being very useful as there is no way to match a link to a magazine. The other option is to also include it in the pub notes field.

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 10:58, 1 January 2019 (EST)

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