APA page number help

Hello everyone!

On the header of this article 10.5812/ircmj.14903 (doi is invalid but google search will bring it up), it has e14903 as page number. Am I missing something here? Never met that before.

Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2017 October; 19(10):e14903.
  • That’s the page number. It’s an electronic only journal, so it has “article numbers” for each article rather than a page range. But you can cite it just like a page.

    Technically, APA manual wants the word “Article” in front of these. That’s unique to that style and pretty dumb in my opinion—it really is just a page number. Even many APA journals ignore that rule.
  • (but if you must, you can get that in APA style by putting number: e14903 in the Extra field
  • @adamsmith does the "number:" feature work in other languages? For me it doesn't seem to do. It inserts "Article" even if I change the language.
  • "Article" is currently hard-coded, so no, wouldn't be localized to other languages -- @bwiernik -- I guess we could use <text term="article-journal"/>?
  • @adamsmith thanks for the localization. Is it intentional that an abbreviation is used in German ("Art." instead of "Artikel")?
  • I’ll get that localized.
  • edited August 6, 2023
    @adamsmith @bwiernik I would like to suggest using eid: e14903 instead of number: e14903 (or since some users might already use number: e14903 additionally add eid: e14903). This would minimize ambiguity (especially when exporting to LaTeX).

    This is because there are articles with both, a number and an electronic identifier, e.g.,
    - possibly all articles in all journals of the publisher MDPI, e.g., https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11071277
    - possibly all articles in all journals of the publisher IOP Science, e.g., https://doi.org/10.1088/2040-8986/acdbdd
    - ...

    Why to choose "eid"?
    It seams quite suitable and the biblatex Package defines the field eid as:
    "The electronic identifier of an @article or chapter-like section of a larger work often called ‘article number’, ‘paper number’ or the like. This field may replace the pages field for journals deviating from the classic pagination scheme of printed journals by only enumerating articles or papers and not pages.
    Not to be confused with number, which for @articles subdivides the volume." (https://ctan.org/pkg/biblatex, p. 20)
  • There's no choice here, since number is the name of the respective CSL variable.
    The Biblatex "number" is "issue" in the Zotero/CSL context, so you can also have both.
    FWIW, I think the CSL/Zotero naming is better (as in closer to common usage) here, but that's a matter of taste. I know Biblatex does have "issue" as well. You can search for a recent discussion of how that relates and how BetterBibTeX will handle that distinction on export
  • Thank you for your answer!

    I guess the discussion you were referring to is this one: https://forums.zotero.org/discussion/comment/437885/#Comment_437885
    for anybody who wants to read it.
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