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Cataloguing in publication (CIP)

The system whereby, prior to publication, publishers pass details of new books to the British Library, US Library of Congress or other appropriate institution. They receive back a catalogue record, a CIP data block, for insertion on the copyright page. This speeds up cataloguing of the book by purchasing libraries and helps ensure that the job is done correctly. However, not all publishers have the time (or perhaps inclination) to offer this information, hence it is not unusual to see a note merely stating (for instance) that ‘A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library’.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup.

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