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According to the biblatex-chicago manual the entrytype periodical should be used for citing entire journal issues, providing a string such as "special issue" in the note field (see pgs. 67, 76, 93, and 96). However, periodical entries for some reason do not print the journaltitle unless I specify it in the title field – which is illogical.
The output, as far as I can tell from CMoS 14.178, should be the one generated by test3 below (which uses the title field for the journaltitle).

% !TEX TS-program = xelatexmk
\documentclass{article} 
\usepackage[authordate, backend=biber, 
    bookpages=false, isbn=false, doi=false, numbermonth=false, cmsdate=both]%
    {biblatex-chicago}

\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{bib.bib}

@periodical{test1,
    Date = {2018},
    Editor = {Editor, Edwin},
%   Issuetitle = {This is the Issuetitle},
    Journaltitle = {The Journal},
    Note = {special issue},
    Title = {This is the Issuetitle},
    Volume = {33}}

@periodical{test2,
    Date = {2018},
    Editor = {Feditor, Edwin},
    Issuetitle = {This is the Issuetitle},
    Journaltitle = {The Journal},
    Note = {special issue},
%   Title = {This is the Issuetitle},
    Volume = {33}}

@periodical{test3,
    Date = {2018},
    Editor = {Geditor, Edwin},
    Issuetitle = {This is the Issuetitle},
    Journaltitle = {The Journal},
    Note = {special issue},
    Title = {This shouldn't (need to) be the Journaltitle},
    Volume = {33}}

\end{filecontents}
\addbibresource{bib.bib}

\begin{document}
\autocite{*}
\printbibliography % print the bibliography 
\end{document}

How can I get it to print the journaltitle field?
(... and should I report this as a bug?)

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The way to think about this is that the periodical entry type and article/suppperiodical are analogous to the collection entry type and incollection/suppcollection. (Same for book, inbook/suppbook.)

So just as you have title for collection, and booktitle for incollection/suppcollection, you have title for periodical and journaltitle for article/suppperiodical.

issuetitle is the the title of the particular journal volume (if it has one).

If you set things up like this, then cross referencing will work as expected.

At least that's the theory and this is how things work with the standard style. In practice, I notice that the inheritance in biblatex-chicago seems to be buggy and not all fields inherit as they should do…

You could experiment with what works and what doesn't and submit bug reports to biblatex-chicago as you find issues.

\documentclass{article} 
\usepackage[authordate, backend=biber, 
    bookpages=false, isbn=false, doi=false, numbermonth=false, cmsdate=both]%
    {biblatex-chicago}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@periodical{test1,
  Date = {2018},
  Editor = {Editor, Edwin},
  Issuetitle = {The Issue Title},
  Title = {The Journal},
  Volume = {33}
}
@article{test2,
  Author = {Author, Alan},
  Title = {The Article Title},
  Pages = {20-30},
  Crossref = {test1}
}
@collection{test3,
  Date = {2017},
  Editor = {Editor, Edward},
  Title = {The Collection Title},
  Publisher = {Publisher},
  Location = {Location}
}
@incollection{test4,
  Author = {Author, Anthony},
  Title = {The Article Title},
  Pages = {10-20},
  Crossref = {test3}
}
\end{filecontents}
\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}
\begin{document}
\nocite{*}
\printbibliography % print the bibliography 
\end{document}

This gives (which IMHO is wrong, it's missing fields in test4):

biblatex chicago output

Compare with \usepackage[style=authoryear]{biblatex}:

output with stand biblatex style

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  • Thank you, I get it now. I guess the confusion came from the fact that a book has one title whereas a special issue has two (issuetitle and journaltitle) and which one will become title in the periodical is up for grabs (one could argue issuetitle should be the title (analogous to collections), yet in terms of formatting chicago wants it in italics so that would be a point in favor of journaltitle = title (doesn't entirely make sense to me). I'll submit a bugreport though, are you aware if biblatex-chicago is on github or somewhere? I couldn't find it on any repository.
    – jan
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 11:49
  • 1
    @jan, I don't think it's on github. Try emailing the author. Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 12:14

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