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We Want Your Input!
 ISSN membership program
– to provide online application process (similar
to ECIP)
– to limit prepubl...
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ISSN (International Standard Serial Number): It's All About Identification by Karl Debus-López, Library of Congress

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  • Now, we’ll move on to new developments with the International Standard Serial Number.
    Again, I have to thank Regina Reynolds, U.S. ISSN Center Program Coordinator, for these PowerPoints.
    It’s too bad that Regina isn’t here as she knows absolutely everything about ISSN and is also an excellent presenter.
  • I will give a brief overview of what ISSN is ands its uses by publishers, vendors, and libraries.
    Discuss current and emerging issues, particularly ISSN-L and use of ISSN for archives of electronic and print journals.
    Mention some of the ISSN Network’s product and services.
    And then present some questions at the end for discussion.
  • Let’s start with some ISSN facts.
    As I believe most of you know, the ISSN is the standardized international code which allows the identification of any serial publication, including electronic serials, independently of its country of publication, of its language or alphabet, of its frequency, medium, or any other quality of the serial publication.
    ISSN is a U.S. standard (NISO Z39.9) and an international standard (ISO 3297)
    ISSN have been assigned since the early 1970s.
    The U.S. ISSN Center resides within the Library of Congress and is responsible for assigning ISSN for U.S. serial publications.
    The ISSN Network is an intergovernmental organization within UNESCO. It is made up of National Centres whose work is coordinated by the ISSN International Centre in Paris.
    The ISSN Network was established to control the assignment of ISSN, to maintain a database of records for the world's serial publications, and to act as the standards authority.
    There are 87 national ISSN centers that assign ISSNs for their countries’ publications.
    What type of publications or resources are eligible for ISSN assignment?
    Serials and other continuing resources, including integrating resources are all eligible for ISSN assignment.
    It doesn’t matter if the title is currently available or ceased. Ceased titles are eligible for ISSN, regardless of how long ago the title ceased publication.
    All types of media are included within the ISSN scope, and the number of ISSN’s assigned to online resources has been steadily increasing since the 1980’s.
    Each medium version has its own ISSN and just within this last year a new Linking ISSN or ISSN-L has been created to link and cluster all medium version ISSNs associated with a title.
  • Here is a map showing where the 87 ISSN centers are located worldwide.
  • So, just exactly who uses ISSN data and how is it used?
    Well, quite frankly, anyone involved within the publisher/vendor/library industries and their continuum of services will at some point come in contact with the ISSN if they work with serial titles.
    They use the ISSN for a number of purposes:
    Title identification (e.g., orders, claims, etc.)
    Searching in library catalogs and large databases (e.g. check-in)
    File matching (e.g., MARC to non-MARC)
    Record linking within and between databases
    Bar coding on issues (automated check-in)
    Connecting to content (embedded in DOI)
    OpenURL linking
    ERMS (electronic resource management systems)
    Archives of electronic and print journals for title identification, searching, file matching, and record linking.
  • Just this year the Library of Congress and ISSN International Centre worked closely with OCLC to populate WorldCat with over one million Linking ISSN.
    This has heightened visibility of this mechanism that groups ISSN of medium versions for use in OpenURL linking and other situations where medium-neutral linking and identification is needed.
  • The principal product of the ISSN network to which all of the centers contribute data to is the ISSN Register which is the:
    Official database of ISSN assignments worldwide
    That contains over 1.5 million records
    Over 60,000 new records added per year
    Broad range of formats and languages
    Available online as the ISSN Portal, and also as an e-file subscription
    Publishers and libraries can subscribe to the portal. In special cases they may also contact the ISSN International Centre to extract data from the portal.
    The ISSN IC has made available the ISSN-L tables for free.
    They also publish the List of Title Word Abbreviations for serials which is updated annually and is available online. The last update was March 2010.
    Finally, they are in the process of developing an OAI (Open Archives Initiative) web service whereby publishers and libraries would be able to search and extract ISSN data for linking purposes.
    If you are interested in any of these products, you should contact the ISSN International Centre at www.issn.org.
  • For additional information, you can contact the sites or e-mails on this PowerPoint slide.
  • Now, I have some questions for you related to ISSN, specifically for any publishers in the audience.
    Are you interested in an ISSN membership program – similar to the ECIP program.
    What would you think if we limited assignment of pre-publication ISSN to members only?
    How about the Linking ISSN?
    Are publishers aware of it?
    Do you use it?
    Will you display it on your print and e-serials?
    Would you like to receive ISSN and ISSN-L at the same time from the U.S. ISSN Center.
  • ISSN (International Standard Serial Number): It's All About Identification by Karl Debus-López, Library of Congress

    1. 1. ISSN:ISSN: (International Standard Serial Number) it’s all aboutit’s all about identificationidentification
    2. 2. ISSN in theISSN in the e-Environmente-Environment  ISSN overview  Current and emerging uses of the ISSN  ISSN Network products & services  The U.S. ISSN Center wants your input!
    3. 3. OverviewOverview  What is the ISSN?  U.S. ISSN Center: part of Library of Congress  ISSN Network: 87 national centers + ISSN International Centre, Paris  Centers assign ISSN to their country’s serials  Scope: serials + selected “integrating resources,” e.g., databases, online directories  Coverage: all media; current and ceased  Each medium version has its own ISSN  ISSN-L: used for “medium-neutral” linking and clustering
    4. 4. ISSN Infrastructure ISSN IC 87 worldwide
    5. 5. IdentificationIdentification in thein the e-environmente-environment IdentificationIdentification in thein the e-environmente-environment OpenOpen URLURL LinkingLinking E-commerceE-commerce Library catalogs E-Resource Management Systems E-Resource Management Systems E-archives* *emerging use File matching De-duping
    6. 6. www.issn.orgwww.issn.org
    7. 7. ISSN Products,Products, ServicesServices ISSN Data Files OAI Web Service* *in development Free ISSN-L Tables www.issn.org ISSN PortalISSN Portal
    8. 8. For Further Information  U.S. ISSN Center web site – www.loc.gov/issn  ISSN International Centre web site – www.issn.org  issn@loc.gov U.S. ISSN Center mailbox  rrey@loc.gov Regina Romano Reynolds, ISSN Coordinator  kdeb@loc.gov Karl E. Debus-López, Vice- chair, ISSN Governing Board
    9. 9. We Want Your Input!  ISSN membership program – to provide online application process (similar to ECIP) – to limit prepublication ISSN to members only  ISSN-L – are publishers aware of ISSN-L? – do publishers want to display ISSN-L? – do publishers need to receive ISSN and ISSN-L at the same time?
    10. 10. We Want Your Input!  ISSN membership program – to provide online application process (similar to ECIP) – to limit prepublication ISSN to members only  ISSN-L – are publishers aware of ISSN-L? – do publishers want to display ISSN-L? – do publishers need to receive ISSN and ISSN-L at the same time?

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