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This page is a help or manual page for the ISFDB database. It describes standards or methods for entering or maintaining data in the ISFDB database, or otherwise working with the database. Other help pages may be found via the category below. To discuss what should go on this page, use the talk page.

If, after exploring the Help system, you still have a question, please visit the Help desk and let us know. We probably know the answer, but we need your help to know what we left out of the help pages.

If you are new to editing the ISFDB, please see Help:Getting Started.

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The ISFDB has a facility to allow the creation of a new publication based on an existing publication. This operation is known as "cloning" and can save a good deal of time in data entry and title merging.

To start the process, display a publication and click on the "Clone this Pub" link in the left navbar. It will bring up a Web page titled "Clone Publication", which will display the cover image for the currently selected publication (if available.) The page will also contain four check-boxes to let you decide whether you want to reuse COVERART titles, INTERIORART titles, page numbers and external IDs. Once you make these decisions, click on the "Clone Publication" button at the bottom of the page. It will take you to the next "Clone Publication" page which is similar to the Edit Publication page. The main difference is that the existing content records are not editable, although you will be able to add or modify their page numbers in the new publication.

For detailed help on the fields on this screen, see the Edit Publication help.