The paper reports findings from a study to identify characteristics of serials with title changes and then make recommendations for recognizing new works for these serials. Findings show title changes occur due to underlying subject, function, corporate, geographic, frequency, or format changes, with 80.8% of the changes being subject or function changes. It is recommended that reasons for title changes be determined from clear statements in text or elsewhere, and that new works be recognized based upon the requirements of a definition of a work. With the FRBR definition, a new work would be recognized only for a significant subject or function change.
Mavis B. Molto, Characteristics of Serial Title Changes and Recognition of New Serial Works: Theoretical and Practical Implications, Serials Review, Volume 37, Issue 4, December 2011, Pages 275-289, ISSN 0098-7913, 10.1016/j.serrev.2011.09.011. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0098791311001407)