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Cataloging in Publication Program

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Core Required Materials

  • Library of Congress staff create the CIP data based on the book, not the application.
  • The application must be accompanied by the full text or the core required materials as defined below.
  • Applications lacking these minimal requirements cannot be cataloged.
  • Some applications that include only these minimal requirements may be returned to the publisher if they are not fully represent the book's subject content.
  • Provide the full text or as many chapters as possible to ensure quality cataloging.

The core required materials are as follows:

  • Title page
  • Include all information exactly as it will appear in the published book.
  • The following elements are critical:
    • Personal names in correct order with accurate spelling
    • Words such as "by," "and," "edited by," "prepared by," etc.
    • Full imprint (name of publisher, all cities of publication, etc.)
  • Do not include the following:
    • Any abbreviations which will not appear as abbreviations on the title page of the printed work.
    • Element tags such as "Title:" "Subtitle:" "Author:"
    • Publisher editorial markings indicating font size, etc.
  • Copyright page
    • Include all information exactly as it will appear in the published book.
  • Series page, if applicable
  • Table of contents
  • Preface and Introduction
  • Sample chapters
    • The first full chapter
    • The last full chapter
    • Other important chapters
    • Any information about the author(s) or editor(s)

Please be sure to tag the core required materials before attaching them to the CIP application form. If they are not tagged, the catalogers will be unable to access and catalog the work.