ISSN Magazine & Newspaper Barcodes
International Standard Serial Numbers are the numbers allocated to all periodical publications such as magazines, newspapers or journals. These numbers are applied for through an international organisation that allocates all ISSN numbers. If already have an ISSN number, then you can purchase the barcode images for this below. If you require an ISSN Number, these can be applied for here.
ISSN Barcode Images
Here you can purchase ISSN Barcode images. These will be emailed through to you in 5 different formats (Bitmap, eps., tiff, Jpeg, PDF) once the order has been received.
Please enter your 8 digit ISSN Number in the additional information section when filling out your details after proceeding to checkout. Also specify if you require an alternative format for your barcode (i.e. 13+2).
Quantity Price per image 1 $ 20.00 USD 2 $ 17.00 USD each 3 $ 14.00 USD each 4 + $ 10.00 USD each 10 + $ 6.00 USD each 20 + $ 4.00 USD each 50 + $ 2.00 USD each
If you require a series of ISSN Numbers please contact us
Before purchasing your ISSN barcode, you may wish to consider which format you want your ISSN Barcode to be.
ISSN Barcodes come in 3 main formats:
1. The 8 digit ISSN number is converted to a 13 digit number (EAN-13) by adding a 977 to the beginning, taking away the check-digit, adding two numbers (00) to the end and recalculating the check-digit. The number is then created as an image using EAN-13 Symbology which can easily be read by all barcode scanners and is essentially the same as other products with EAN-13 barcodes on them that go into stores. In this case the same number would be printed on each issue of the magazine.
2. Again the 8 digit ISSN number is converted to a 13 digit number, however this time the ’00’ added on the end is changed various times to create a different EAN-13 image each time. In this case a separate barcode image would be created for each issue of the magazine.
3. The final format involves converting the ISSN number in exactly the same way as option one, however in this case an additional 2-digit supplement code is added to the end creating a 15 digit (EAN-13+2) number. The supplement changes for each issue and can be done on a monthly (01-12) or weekly (01-52) basis (or any other way you wish).
In the UK the 13+2 format (option 3) is the most common. Other countries tend more towards the 13 digit formats (options 1 and 2). – It is a good idea to check the stores you are hoping to stock your magazine to establish which format is the most common.
It should be noted that options 2 and 3 involve creating multiple images for the ISSN number and hence are more expensive.
Once we receive your order, we will manually create the ISSN barcode for you, and email it to you.
If you have a book, and require barcodes for this, please see our book barcodes section.
If you have printed music you’ll need to get a International Standard Music Number (ISMN), and then get that turned into barcode images. A 13-digit ISMN, e.g. 979-0-2600-0043-8, can be turned into a 13 digit EAN-13 barcode (exactly the same way that book ISBN numbers are turned into barcodes). If you have an ISMN number and you need the barcode images for it (the vertical black bars and white spaces), please purchase “ISBN Barcode Images” and enter your ISMN number into the additional information section.
Do I need an ISSN Barcode?
You need an ISSN number (and corresponding barcode) for anything that is considered a “serial” – e.g. magazines, newspapers, journals, yearbooks, directories and monographs in series.
The following items are not considered a “serial” therefore they shouldn’t have an ISSN number: instruction manuals; one-off ‘book-a-zines’; posters; magazine or newspaper special editions; serials not intended for public circulation; diaries; calendars; mail order catalogues; and fill-in crossword or puzzle books.
Items that aren’t eligible for an ISSN will need a standard “EAN-13 Barcode Package” instead (you can purchase this from our shop page). If the item is a book (e.g. a manual) it might be eligible for an ISBN number and corresponding barcode.