ISSN : Jhamobi eJournal for NEP2020

What is an ISSN?

An ISSN is an 8-digit code used to identify newspapers, journals, magazines and periodicals of all kinds and on all media–print and electronic.

  • Which publications are concerned by an ISSN?
  • What form does an ISSN take?
  • What is its role?
  • Where is it displayed?

Which publications are concerned by an ISSN?

An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) identifies all continuing resources, irrespective of their medium (print or electronic)

  • Newspapers
  • Annual Publications (reports, directories, lists, etc.)
  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Collections
  • Websites
  • Databases
  • Blogs

In many countries, an ISSN is mandatory for all publications subject to the legal deposit.

What form does an ISSN take?

  • The ISSN takes the form of the acronym ISSN followed by two groups of four digits, separated by a hyphen.
  • The eighth digit is a check digit calculated according to a modulus 11 algorithm on the basis of the 7 preceding digits; this eighth control digit may be an “X” if the result of the computing is equal to “10”, in order to avoid any ambiguity.


ISSN 0317-8471

ISSN 1050-124X

What is its role?

  • The ISSN role is to identify a publication
  • It is a digital code without any intrinsic meaning:
  • It does not include any information about the origin or contents of the publication
  • It does not guarantee the quality or validity of the contents.
  • The ISSN is associated with the title of the publication. If the publication is modified significantly, a new ISSN must be assigned.

Where is it displayed?

For a print publication, the ISSN should be shown:

  • Preferably, in the upper right corner of the cover.
  • Failing that, on the pages where editorial information is shown (publisher, frequency, colophon, etc.)
  • For a publication in electronic media, the ISSN should be shown:
  • On the homepage or on the main menu, if it is an online publication
  • On any part visible to the naked eye (microfiche header, CD-Rom or DVD label, box, case, etc.), if the publication is on a physical medium
  • If a publication is identified by ISSN and ISBN, both of these identifiers should be mentioned.

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