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Data Errors
Incorrect Types
Title Capitalization Errors
Cover Images
Individual Resources or groups of resources
Missing Series

Author Inconsistencies
Publisher Inconsistencies
Citation Inconsistencies
Subject Inconsistencies

Missing/Incorrect Subjects

Suggested Changes to Logos Standards

Errors Dependent on a resource update

Note: when Logos addresses a reported error, it will be moved here.

Data Errors


  • running a search on Œhypocrite¹ and found the following: ³Search ALL TEXT in NIV ³APPLICTION² instead of ³Application²
  • Please add common abbreviations in parenthesis after publisher names (JPS, PBI...). This simplifies library filtering and collection rules considerably.

Incorrect Types

  • Hunger No More: A 1-Year Devotional Journey Through the Psalms (Vyrso) – type should be Calendar Devotional

Title Capitalization Errors

  • Citation capitalization works a little differently from library title capitalization—stand by for a long-winded explanation.
    • We have a set of guidelines for library titles, and it breaks down to ‘Capitalize everything except conjunctions, prepositions, articles, etc...’ we actually have a list somewhere of every word that does not get cased, and we have tools in place to help with casing.
    • Citations, on the other hand, are constructed using the citation builder Zotero. Zotero uses a slightly different set of title casing standards, but more importantly, it adjusts its casing standards based on which style guide you select from the dropdown. This only works if you input sentence cased titles. For a while, we tried take advantage of this feature. That way, if you’re citing in APA style, you’ll get a sentence cased title as APA prefers, and if you’re citing in CMS, Zotero will auto-title case it into something that CMS prefers.
    • It turns out that sentence casing things is way harder than title casing them. Not only do you need context to identify proper nouns (a literal dahlia? Or someone named Dahlia?), but English has a ridiculously long laundry list of things that aren’t proper nouns but still need to be capitalized. Like adjectives based on proper nouns. This is why neither Zotero nor Logos has tools to sentence case. And trying to come up with consistent documentation for human reference was just as bad. It was the acronyms that broke me. There’s nothing sadder than an acronym that has been mistakenly lowercased.
    • So some existing resources contain legacies of our experimentation. We opted not to go back and clean them up, because of the difficulty and because they are technically more functional than our current standards.
  • Analytical Key to the Old Testament - citation
  • Analytical Lexicon of the Syriac New Testament: Based on the SEDRA 3 Database of George Anton Kiraz - citation
  • Building Your New Testament Greek Vocabulary 3rd Edition - citation (Also note other errors below)
  • Building Your Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary - citation (Also note other errors below)
  • A Concise Coptic-English Lexicon Second Edition - citation
  • A Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament - citation
  • A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament - citation
  • Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary -citation
  • The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament - citation
  • Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament - citation
  • A Greek-English Lexicon - citation
  • Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains - citation
  • The Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, CD-ROM Edition - citation
  • The Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament: Volume 5, Aramaic - citation
  • An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon - citation
  • New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries: Updated Edition - citation
  • The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament - citation
  • Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament - citation
  • A Treasury of New Testament Synonyms - citation
  • About half of all books I checked – citation

Individual Resources or groups of resources

  • The Apologies of Justin Martyr, to which is Appended the Epistle to Diognetus needs Greek added to Language
  • Apostolic Fathers - all versions need the original authors added to the Author column, like the ECF now have
    • Try again, please. You only fixed Holmes, not Lake, Lightfoot or Brannan.
  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia : SESB 2.0 Version - BHSSESB and BHSSESB2 have exactly identical metadata. Extremely confusing!
    • This is an odd case, so I’m leaving this explanation here where it’s a little more visible. As you may have guessed, these two resources have the same metadata because they are the same book. It’s the digital equivalent of having two copies on your shelf. Why the duplication? Well, BHSSESB is an older resource, created to be used with Libronix and optimized for that purpose. It’s so old that when faced with the task of updating the code to play nice with Logos 5, it was actually easier to make a new one. Everyone who buys the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia 2.0 gets the new one from here on out, and everyone who already had BHSSESB got BHSSESB2 automatically.
    • Textually, though, they’re identical, hence the identical metadata. If it’s a serious annoyance for you, there are ways to hide resources in your library so you won’t get the double listing. You still own the license for both, and you can unhide a hidden book at any time. ~Hayley Price
  • Book of Common Prayer - short title default should be BCP; it’s currently blank
  • The Book of Tobit (1878) and Two Unknown Hebrew Versions of Tobit (1897) – these both have Language:English, but that’s incorrect. The first should be English;Chaldee;Hebrew and the second should be English;Hebrew.
  • The Harvard Classics 33: Voyages and Travels - missing original authors (and the whole series needs to be checked for consistency)
  • The Heidelberg Catechism: the German Text, with a Revised Translation and Introduction: German - should have language:German
  • Interpreting the Gospel of John: A Practical Guide (Gary Burge, 2nd ed.) – cover image doesn’t match that shown on the Logos website; it’s the cover image of the first edition
  • Josh McDowell’s Unshakable Truth Journey Growth Guides for Adults, hyphen inconsistencies in the titles (Inspired, Created, and Broken all have single hyphen with spaces around it; Forgiven has single hyphen with no spaces around it; Sacrifice, Growing, and Resurrected all have — (em dash) with no spaces around it); not a big deal for functionality but looks sloppy when these titles are grouped together in library)
  • Lexham Septuagints - Rahlfs and Swete should be added to the author column for the versions based on their editions
  • Lexicons with a Language other than English - remove from Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, Abridged BDB
  • Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Volume 3: Life in Chirst - Christ is misspelled
  • Old Testament Greek Pseudipigrapha with Morphology needs Greek added to Language
  • Our Lord: An Affirmation of the Deity of Christ - author’s name should be spelled out: William Childs Robinson (not Wm., even though it’s spelled that way inside the book); website has it correctly
  • Perseus Resources - some resources have pubdate: not following the usual convention of giving a four-digit year but give other date formats, this defies sort or select operations
  • Perseus Resources - some resources have empty pubdate: field
  • Pirke Avot: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life: Hebrew Text needs Hebrew added to Language
  • Works of John Owen: Volume 17 - language should be “Latin; English” not just Latin; the sermons and discourses are in English

Missing Series

  • Belief in the Word: Reading the Fourth Gospel, John 1–4, Signs and Shadows: Reading John 5–12 and Glory Not Dishonor: Reading John 13–21 should be part of the same series (perhaps call it “Reading John”?).
  • Walk Genesis!, Walk Exodus!, Walk Leviticus!, Walk Numbers! and Walk Deuteronomy! should be part of the same series (perhaps call it “Walk!”?).
  • Whilst not technically part of a series, it might be helpful to add each of Peter A. Stevenson’s commentaries into a series.


Author Inconsistencies

  • E. A. Abbott == Edwin A. Abbott
  • Ronald B. Allen == Ronald Barclay Allen?
  • Thabiti Anyabwile == Thabiti M. Anyabwile? (possibly a moot point; see above re: Glory Road)
  • J. Barton == John Barton?
  • Raymond Brown == Raymond Edward Brown? (also the names of the two collections of his books refer to him as Raymond E. Brown)
  • T. A. Buckley == Theodore Alois Buckley?
  • Cicero == M. Tullius Cicero
  • Arnold Dallimore == Arnold A. Dallimore?
  • Wayne Grudem == Wayne A. Grudem (seems to be Logos vs. Vyrso with/without A.)
  • Raphael Holinshed == Raphaell Holinshed (see )
  • à Lapide, Cornelius == should be sorted on L, not C
  • Peter Leithart == Peter J. Leithart?
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones == Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Myron Penner == Myron Bradley Penner?
  • Stuart Sacks == Stuart D. Sacks?
  • Philip Sidney == Sir Philip Sidney?
  • Gordon Smith == Gordon T. Smith
  • Derek Thomas == Derek W. H. Thomas?

Publisher Inconsistencies

  • The remaining listed publishers (as of 8/7/14) are intentional doubles. Here’s the logic behind them: There’s a value in standardizing publisher names down to one version, for the sake of an organized library. But there’s also a real value in keeping different iterations of publisher names separate, for the sake of cataloguing editions and citing books accurately. Older publishers especially altered their names all the time; similar to modern day law offices, the names could change every time a new partner joined the firm. My solution, as it was, was to treat every addition of a name or implied name—”& Son” or “& Co.” or whatever—as a new publisher name. This is the reason for most of the name duplicates below. This gets complicated and there are exceptions, though, such as the following cases:
  • When there are just too many names. The publisher currently listed as ‘Longmans’ includes 14 variants with up to 5 proper names in a string. Sometimes the names are the same, and they just change the order in which they are cited. We combined them all for our collective sanity.
  • When two related names are distinct legal entities. IVP and Inter-Varsity are the UK and US branches of a parent group, and they remain separate by choice. You’ll notice that books they publish internationally will list both publishers separately in the front matter. Macmillan and Macmillan Company is another publisher that duo-bills like this.
  • When a publisher rebrands across the board. Given the way publishers rebrand, acquire each other, merge, and deploy or retract imprints, there is a potential danger to wind up standardizing everything into the same few, uninformative names. That’s why I prefer to stay a little redundant with the older publisher names, like George Bell and Sons, and to sometimes capture imprint names in the metadata rather than parent publishers (also, imprints get convoluted fast). This is also why publisher names aren’t standardized in the bibliographic citation fields. We want them to remain edition-accurate for users constructing academic reports. ~Hayley Price
  • C. Scribner == Charles Scribner & Co. == Charles Scribner’s Sons?
  • E. Dilly == Edward and Charles Dilly?
  • G. Bell == George Bell and Sons?
  • Ignatius - should be Ignatius Press (change needed on website as well)
    • This was intentional, part of an initial push to simplify publisher names down to the shortest possible versions. This became untenable when we noted it would result in too many publishers simplified down to the same name (Universities in particular draw a distinction between their own publications and the publications of their Presses). ~Hayley Price
  • P. J. Kenedy == P. J. Kenedy & Sons?
  • Robert Carter == Robert Carter & Brothers?
  • Simpkin Marshall == Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.?
  • William Hunt == William Hunt and Company?

Citation Inconsistencies

  • The problem of inconsistencies between footnote citations and general bibliographic citations should now be resolved. Please let us know if you’re still seeing instances of this.

Subject Inconsistencies

Missing/Incorrect Subjects

  • Tanakh (JPS 1917) should have ‘Bible O.T.-English’ as per Tanakh 1985

Start: Theology —> in general ‘pastoral theology’ should be ‘biblical theology’.

  • 300 Quotations... 3x title names starting with ‘300 Quotations’ have Theology as a Subject, but shouldn’t!
  • Being Holy, Being Human has Theology as a Subject!
  • Building your church through counsel and care has Theology as a Subject!
  • Captured by grace: No one... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Changing lives through preaching and worship has Theology as a Subject!
  • Christian ministers Manual has Theology as a Subject!
  • Captured by grace: No one... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Classical Pastoral Care, Volume 1 has Theology as a Subject!
  • Classical Pastoral Care, Volume 4 has Theology as a Subject!
  • The Contemplative Pastor has Theology as a Subject!
  • Empowering your church through creativity and change has Theology as a Subject!
  • Grace abounding to the chief of sinners has Theology as a Subject!
  • Growing your church through training and motivation has Theology as a Subject!
  • Leaders: Learning leadership from some has Theology as a Subject!
  • Learning to lead: bringing out the best... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Making the most of mistakes has Theology as a Subject!
  • Mastering Pastoral Care has Theology as a Subject!
  • Mastering the Pastoral Role has Theology as a Subject!
  • The passion driven sermon:... has Theology as a Subject!
  • The power of loving your church... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Powers in encounter with power:... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Renewing your church through vision and planning:.. has Theology as a Subject!
  • The star book for ministers has Theology as a Subject!
  • Tozer topical reader in two volumes has Theology as a Subject!
  • A voice in the wilderness: clear preaching... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Weddings funerals and special events has Theology as a Subject!
  • What every pastor needs to know about music, ... has Theology as a Subject!
  • Who’s in charge? Standing up to leadership pressures has Theology as a Subject!
  • Workmen of God has Theology as a Subject!
  • The works of Nicholas Ridley has Theology as a Subject!

End Theology

For background to the changes suggested for Commentaries see

Commentaries with “bible—handbooks”, “bible—outlines”, “bible—antiquities”, “bible—introductions”, “bible—criticism” should instead list the bible books they contain or state “Bible—Commentaries” if their coverage is complete. NOTE they can be identified by type:commentary ANDNOT subject:(O.T., N.T., Commentaries)
Grammars with O.T. or N.T. e.g. A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar, Greek New Testament Insert, Hebrew Bible Insert -> please remove as per other Grammars.
Lexicons with O.T. or N.T. -> please apply as per commentaries/bibles e.g. O.T. is useful with a Greek lexicon of the Septuagint but don’t apply to lexicons with full coverage.
Any Resource with “Criticism” in the subject. I do not think this is relevant to the majority of resources, especially commentaries. Probably only applies to Bible Apparatus (“textual criticism”) and some Monographs.

  • This is a very commonly used subheading within Library of Congress Subject Headings. It would be a massive undertaking to try to remove it. At the moment, this subheading is doing its part to distinguish between full commentaries, general overviews, and plain translations of a bible book. That’s within our system, at least, where we have a general rule of attaching ‘Commentaries’ headings to our functionality-designated commentaries. Within the larger LCSH system these are applied individually by librarians to the best of their judgment, and sometimes by publishers who want LoC Call information in their front matter. The same book may be labeled very differently between libraries.

Suggested Changes to Logos Standards

Commentaries and Bible Notes Types: Logos’ use of these types is primarily functional rather than descriptive. The Commentary type is broadly defined to include many different kinds of resources that are indexed by Bible verse, while the Bible Notes type is used exclusively for the notes from a Bible (usually study Bible notes). Some users would like to see a more restrictive definition of the Commentary type that would exclude things like:

  • Bible History: Old Testament, Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey, Holman Bible Handbook, New Manners and Customs of the Bible, Searching for Heaven on Earth (2 x D. Jeremiah), A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Word Pictures in the NT, Word Studies in the NT, Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek NT, Holman Concise Bible Commentary, With the Word Bible Commentary, anything with “Study Bible/Guide”, “Studies”, or “Bible Handbook” in its title.

Errors Dependent on a resource update

  • The Collected Writings Of W.E. Vine commentary section, should be type:commentary. It needs Bible milestones in order to function as well.
  • The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, Volume 4 - is a Bible commentary (on James), not monograph. It needs Bible milestones as well.
  • The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, Volume 5 - is a Bible commentary (on Jude), not monograph. It needs Bible milestones as well.
  • Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World should be type “Bible Commentary” and have a Bible index
  • The Life of Christ: A Study Guide to the Gospel Record - TYPE should not be “Bible Commentary” as it is a “Study Guide”.
  • The Messages of the Bible series should all be type:bible-commentary and have Bible indexes. Currently only the volume on the Gospel of John is set up that way.

Cover Images

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to change a book’s cover image once it has been published. The cover image visible in the info pane is embedded in the files, and cannot be replaced without creating new resource files. However, please keep telling us when you find cover images that are missing or incorrect! I promise you we are keeping this list, and are swapping out cover images when we can! ~HP

  • Archaeology Odyssey - missing covers, despite them being in the resource
  • Bible and Spade - missing covers, despite them being in the resource
  • Bible Review - missing covers, despite them being in the resource
  • Biblical Archaeologist missing covers, despite them being in the resource
  • Biblical Archaeology Review is missing covers, despite them being in the resource
  • A Commentary on the Vision of Zechariah the Prophet: Bible Text - a newsly published resource
  • Discipleship Journal - missing covers, despite them being in the resource
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - cover image should be changed to the official one used on the product description page
  • Handbook of Evangelical Theologians - cover image doesn’t match what’s on the website
  • Hermeneia - the two volumes from Upgrade 2 (1 Enoch 2, Psalms 3) have cover images of a different size than the other volumes. The product page seems to indicate they should be the same size.
  • The History of the English Baptists has cover images that prominently say 1811-1830 on them. This makes no sense as that’s not the period the books cover (which is about 1320-1663), nor the period during which the books were published (which was 1738-1740).
  • History of Israel by John Bright needs to have cover art corrected (see ] for correct one; it is using this thumbnail version: ], which is also showing up on the website)
  • Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation by CPH – missing cover image
  • MacArthur’s New Testament Commentary series needs consistent cover images
  • The Marrow of Modern Divinity - correct format on the product page, wrong format in the resource
  • Memoirs of the Life and Writings of John Calvin Description and cover are for a book of the same name by a different author. (Author should be Mackenzie)
  • The Minor Prophets by Hampton Keathley – missing cover image
  • *Sir Robert Anderson Collection – missing cover images
  • Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley, III – missing cover image

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