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All you want to know about ISSN-ISBN


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Its all you want to know about ISSN and ISBN Numbers that are becoming part of day to day reality of academics.

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All you want to know about ISSN-ISBN

  1. 1. ISSN-ISBN: The Basics Mira K Desai Associate Professor University Department of Extension Education
  2. 2. Similarities • They indicate serial numbers. • They are used for identification and standardization purposes. • They have global currency. • They refer to print publications of different nature- now electronic included. • They are useful in Electronic archiving, cataloguing and distribution, subscriptions and management of titles.
  3. 3. Differences ISSN • International Standard Serial Number • 8-digits • 1976 • France and UNESCO • Free • Continuing resource- Serial publication- Ongoing Integrating resource • ISBN • International Standard Book Number • 10-digits now 13-digits • 1970 • US • Depending upon national office may be charged • Books •
  4. 4. Differences ISSN • International office or country office • Journals, newspapers, or other types of serials annual publications (reports, directories, lists, etc.), journals, magazines, collections, websites, databases, blogs, etc. • All continuing resources, irrespective of their medium (print or electronic) ISBN • ISBN registration agency • Text-based monographic publications (i.e. one-off publications • Different product form (e.g. paperback, EPUB, .pdf) should be identified separately. • Unlike the ISBN, which contains country and publisher prefixes, the ISSN contains no inherent meaning. • Has many bar codes as indicator of nature of publication.
  5. 5. Process of Application? ISSN • Publishers should complete an application form and send it to the Centre ( .jsp) together with a representation of the serial (either a sample issue, or print ready copy, publisher information, and any other pages giving information about the serial. ISBN • The publisher of the book should apply for the ISBN which may be group, organisation, company or individual who is responsible for initiating the production of a publication. • Has to apply to national ISBN agency.
  6. 6. Agencies ISSN ISBN International ISBN Agency
  7. 7. Indian National Centre for ISSN Country code: IND Centre code: 20 Indian National Centre for ISSN NISCAIR 14, Satsang Vihar Marg Special Institutional Area New Delhi-110067 New Delhi Tel: +91-11.2651 6672 / 2653 4535 Website:
  8. 8. Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN West Block-I, Wing-6, 2nd Floor, Sector -I, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 Phone: +91-11-26172903/26172916 National Agency for ISBN
  9. 9. Why you need ISSN? • Bibliographical tool: students, researchers, writers of summaries and librarians can use it to give the precise references. • Standardised identification digital code, used in IT applications to: - update files, - establish links between different files, and - search for and exchange data. • Libraries use the ISSN to: identify titles, order and verify serial publications, and claim missing issues. It also simplifies lending operations between libraries, as well as controls and verifications on union catalogues. • The ISSN is a practical and cost-effective communication tool between publishers and suppliers. • It helps commercial distribution systems to be fast and efficient.
  10. 10. Why you need ISBN? • International Standard Numbering System for Books, Software, Mixed Media etc. in Publishing, Distribution, and Library Practices • While an ISBN is not required to publish a book, it is needed if one wants to sell it through standard book distribution channel.
  11. 11. Examples ISSN ISBN
  12. 12. Can a Publication has both numbers? • This situation occurs most commonly with books in a series and with annuals or biennials. The ISBN identifies the individual book in a series or a specific year for an annual or biennial. The ISSN identifies the ongoing series, or the ongoing annual or biennial serial.