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Encyclopedia > International Standard Serial Number

ISSN, or International Standard Serial Number, is the unique eight-digit number applied to a periodical publication including electronic serials.

It is similar in concept to the ISBN for books. Indeed some volumes, when published as part of a series, but can also stand alone, are assigned both an ISSN and an ISBN.

However, ISSNs, contrary to ISBNs, contain no information whatsoever as to the publisher or its location. They are just "dumb" numbers assigned to a standardized version of a serial title. For this reason, a new ISSN is assigned to a publication each time it undergoes any major title change.

ISSNs are assigned by a network of ISSN National Centres, usually located at National Libraries and coordinated by an International Centre based in Paris. The ISSN International Centre is an intergovernmental organization created in 1974 in the framework of an agreement between Unesco and the French Government.

The ISSN International Centre maintains a database of all ISSNs assigned worldwide, associated to records describing the publications thus identified. The ISSN Register contains more than one million entries for periodicals.

External link

  • http://www.issn.org/

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Serial number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1502 words)
A Serial Number is unique number that that is one of a series assigned for identification which varies from it's successor or predecessor by a fixed discreet integer value.
Serial numbers may be incremented by the addition of a positive integer n, where n is taken from the range of integers [0..
Serial numbers are valuable in quality control, as once a defect is found in the production of a particular batch of product, the serial number will quickly identify which units are affected.
ISBN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1121 words)
A similar identifier, the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), is used for periodical publications such as magazines.
It was adopted as international standard ISO 2108 in 1970.
Since 11 is a prime number, this scheme ensures that a single error (in the form of an altered digit or two transposed digits) can always be detected.
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