An ISSN can be assigned to all electronic resources: CD-Roms, DVDs, websites, etc. Depending on their types, these resources must meet specific criteria.
- Electronic publications: online newspapers, CD-Roms, DVDs, etc.
- “Ongoing integrating resources”: websites, databases, wikis, etc.
Which publications are concerned by an ISSN?
An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) identifies all continuing resources, irrespective of their medium (print or electronic):
- annual publications (reports, directories, lists, etc.),
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.