August 13, 2022

The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an international identification code for magazines, newspapers, etc. It was promoted in 1971 by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) within the framework of UNESCO's UNISIST (United Nations Information System in Science and Technology) Program in order to correctly identify serial publications. It is standardized by the ISO 3297 text, created in 1975. The ISBN is a similar identifier used to identify single-volume books or publications. In 1978, the ISSN Spanish Center was created. It is currently integrated within the Department of Bibliographic Control of the National Library of Spain, which designates the ISSN for serial publications published in Spain, except in Catalonia where it is managed by the Biblioteca de Catalunya. The ISSN consists of the alphabetic code "ISSN" followed by two groups of 4 digits separated by a dash. The first digits indicate the type of publication, the central digits are the specific code of that magazine or newspaper and it ends with a control digit generated according to an algorithm that takes into account the digits of the central code.

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Management of the Library of Catalonia's ISSN. ISSN Spanish Center (Spanish)