There are several good online journals that publish articles that are paginated separately from each other, rather than running the pagination continuously through a given issue (or volume). Just a couple are HTS Teologiese Studies and Scriptura (at least in recent volumes).
I’ve tended to treat these as though they all appeared at the beginning of a given issue (all starting with page “1”). But, SBL Press has clarified that this isn’t their most preferred way to treat this situation.
For articles in online journals that aren’t paginated in series, the preferred note form for the first reference to this type of article is:
[Author name], “[Title],” [Journal] [Journal volume] ([Journal volume year]): art. [Article number in the journal volume], [“p.” or “pp.” according to whether one or multiple pages is cited] [Page number], [Full DOI URL as a live link].
Thus, one example would be:
Ntozakhe Simon Cezula, “Waiting for the Lord: The Fulfilment of the Promise of Land in the Old Testament as a Source of Hope,” Scr.(S) 116 (2017): art. 3, pp. 1–15, http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/116-1-1304.
Subsequent references are constructed in the same way as they would be for any continuously paginated journal article.
To get the initial citation above from this bibliographic record, I had to adjust the default Zotero output for the SBL style by: (a) making “.3” into “art. 3,”—although this article isn’t in an “issue,” this seemed the best way to store it in the database—(b) adding “pp.” before the page references, and (c) adding “, http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/116-1-1304” after the page reference.
The corresponding bibliography format would be:
Cezula, Ntozakhe Simon. “Waiting for the Lord: The Fulfilment of the Promise of Land in the Old Testament as a Source of Hope.” Scr.(S) 116 (2017): art. 3, pp. 1–15. http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/116-1-1304.
For additional information, see both Electronic Journals with Individually Paginated Articles and HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies on the SBL Handbook of Style blog.
I wonder if there may need to be a new item or data type created in Zotero to support constructing this type of citation without this additional massaging.
Or, do you other Zotero users have other insights about ways of getting closer to output above with the software and the SBL style as they stand?
Update: Brenton Wiernik suggested the following excellent workaround via Twitter.
In the Twitter discussion above, the URL I mention should be the DOI URL. But, Twitter has presented a shortened version automatically.
Discussion of this citation situation is also now pending in the Zotero forums.