How do I cite the table of contents of a journal?
Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.
If you are making a passing reference to the contents page of a journal, a citation is not needed. If, however, you are treating the page as data—as you might, for example, if you are comparing the number of articles published by women in different journals or in different issues of the same journal—list the journal as a whole in your works-cited list.
PMLA. Vol. 135, no. 2, Mar. 2020.