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The editorial board or publisher of a particular modular journal should provide specific rules for these bibliographic data in order to standardise them. Author names, for example, may cause many problems in practice. In general, each author's family name and first names should be provided in a particular format: first names first or first names last, in full or in terms of initials.
Things get complicated when authors have non-standard western names, for instance, without a specific first name. Even if the structure of the author names has been determined, the spelling and in particular in transcription of non-western alphabets, can vary. In for instance [Borgman and Siegfried, 1992], these problems are discussed in detail.
The format of the addresses should also be specified: how to present the address for surface mail, for example, and whether the address for `traditional' mail, the e-mail address and the URL of a home page are compulsory or optional.
The current addresses must be updated when authors move and they must be removed when authors can no longer be contacted. This kind of update can be organised by way of databases of universities, learned societies or publishers.
The publisher has to provide the date of the publication of the article. If modules are modified after publication, the date of the modification has to be included, specified by module.
The date when the publisher first received the manuscript may be included, as well as the date the publisher received a revised version and the date of acceptance, if these dates are made explicit by the publisher. These metadata can be standardised over a wide range of journals.
Specific guidelines can be given for the process of composing and evaluating an abstract. See [Van der Tol, 1999].
The editorial board or publisher of the particular journal normally prescribe a specific style for standardising the references in these lists, as well as the way the references are denoted in the discourse in the modules. An example of an existing style is given in the Chicago Manual of Style [Grossman, 1993].