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International Standard Serial Number

An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is an eight-digit serial number used to uniquely identify| a serial publication|.[1] The ISSN is especially helpful in distinguishing between serials with the same title. ISSN are used in ordering, cataloging, interlibrary loans, and other practices in connection with serial literature.[2]

The ISSN system was first drafted as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) international standard in 1971 and published as ISO 3297 in 1975.[3] ISO subcommittee TC 46/SC 9 is responsible for maintaining the standard.

When a serial with the same content| is published in more than one media type|, a different ISSN is assigned to each media type. For example, many serials are published both in print| and electronic media. The ISSN system refers to these types as print ISSN (p-ISSN) and electronic ISSN (e-ISSN), respectively. Conversely, as defined in ISO 3297:2007, every serial in the ISSN system is also assigned a linking ISSN (ISSN-L), typically the same as the ISSN assigned to the serial in its first published medium, which links together all ISSNs assigned to the serial in every medium.[4]

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  1. "What is an ISSN?". Paris: ISSN International Centre. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  2. "Collection Metadata Standards". British Library. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  3. "ISSN, a Standardised Code". Paris: ISSN International Centre. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  4. "3". ISSN Manual. Paris: ISSN International Centre. January 2015. pp. 14, 16, 55–58. http://www.issn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ISSNManual_ENG2015_23-01-2015.pdf.  HTML version available at http://www.issn.org/understanding-the-issn/assignment-rules/issn-manual.

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