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The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) serves the short unmistakable identification of sequentially

appearing publications, e.g., magazines. The ISSN is nearly similar to the ISBN for books.
The ISSN exists of 8 digits, which are split by a hyphen in two groups of 4 digits. The hyphen itself has no meaning for the code. It only serves as an optical difference to other codes. The first 7 digits display the real ISSN number. The 8th digit is the check number which is computed according to Modulo 11.
ISSN is a special form of the EAN-13 code, it is created using the EAN-13 symbology with a special prefix.

Valid characters: 1234567890X.

ISSN barcode have the prefix of "977".

An ISSN barcode is composed of 5 different sections:.

"ISSN" must precede the number.
The numbers 977 should follow "ISSN".
The first 7 digits of the ISSN (the 8th digit is an ISSN check digit and is discarded when encoding with EAN13).
2-digit price code, usually 00.
EAN13 check digit.


ISSN is one of the many barcode formats currently in use.

A Barcode is a method of representing data in a visual, machine-readable form.

The barcode formats has two categories:

One-dimensional (1D) --- Barcodes represented data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines.

Two-dimensional (2D) --- Using rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns to represented data.

ISSN is 1D barcode.

To encode the data "977345678912" for the ISSN barcode, simply key in "977345678912" in the Barcode Generator.

ISSN barcode has 13 digits.

The prefix is "977".

Check digit:

Encoding an ISSN number into an EAN13 barcode varies in complexity based on how the information is being encoded. To encode the ISSN manually, begin the data to be encoded with 977 followed by the first 7 digits of the ISSN, then the 2-digit price code which is usually 00. For example, an ISSN 2496-5524, the data to be encoded should be 977249655200. After this, the EAN13 check digit must be added to the end of the string. To calculate the EAN13 mod10 check digit manually, follow these simple instructions:
Starting with the first number on the right, take the sum of all odd numbers (977249655200) and multiply by 3 to get 75.
Starting with the second number on the right, take the sum of all even numbers (977249655200) to get 31.
Add the results from steps 1 & 2 to get 106.
The difference between the step 3 result and the next highest multiple of 10 is the EAN13 check digit. In this case, the next highest multiple of 10 is 110 and the difference between 110 and 106 is 4.

Human Readable:

Most barcodes display their corresponding values below them, which makes it possible to human read and manually  enter the barcode values into the equivalent system when the barcode label is worn out and cannot be read by the barcode scanner.

The Advantages of using barcodes:

The barcode system provide better data. Because a barcode can store various information such as inventory and pricing, especially when using QR Code, it can store thousands of characters, so the data stored in the barcode can be quickly obtained by the barcode reader, this fast turnaround ensures that time is not wasted on data entry or retrieval. In addition, the barcode can be customized to include other relevant information as needed. They provide fast and reliable data for various applications.

When barcodes are used in management information systems, they can promote better decision-making. Because data is obtained quickly and accurately, you can quickly obtain a full range of information for the entire company or organization, so it is possible to make more informed decisions. Better decisions can ultimately save time and money.

Barcodes are cheap and user-friendly, providing an indispensable tool for tracking data from pricing to inventory. The end result of a comprehensive bar code system is reduced overhead.


FAQ About ISSN Barcode


What is the historical origin of the ISSN barcode?

ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is a unified number assigned by the ISSN International Center in Paris, France.

It consists of a set of 8-digit numbers preceded by the "ISSN" code. It is designed to identify various newspapers, professional magazines, pictorials, and periodicals. , regardless of its nature or medium (paper or electronic version).

ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an international standard number for serial publications based on the international standard ISO3297. Its purpose is to ensure that every serial publication with different titles and versions in the world has a complete The world's unique code identifier. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) designates the ISSN International Center as the management agency for ISSN number recording.

The barcode of a journal consists of a main code (EAN 13-digit code) and a 2-digit additional code. The additional code is used to identify the issue and publication time of the journal. . For example, the additional codes for each issue of a monthly magazine are 01, 02,...12. Therefore, depending on how many issues a journal publishes each year, how many barcodes should be applied for.

The ISSN barcode can be said to be equivalent to the ID card of journals and magazines, that is, one ISSN number only corresponds to one journal title. If the journal title changes, you need to apply for another journal title. If the journal is discontinued, the ISSN number will not be used by other journals.


What industries are ISSN barcodes mainly used in?

ISSN barcodes are mainly used in the publication industry for labeling journals and digital media.


Structure of ISSN barcode?

The coding system used by the ISSN code is the EAN-13 barcode.

The corresponding relationship between the ISSN and the EAN code is: 977+the first 7 digits of the ISSN number+2 special digits (sequential change digits)+EAN check digit.

The first 7 digits of the ISSN number are a simple sequence of numeric characters, and the last digit is a check digit. Its value is calculated using a specific algorithm using the first 7 digits.

The encoding rules of ISSN are formulated according to the international standard ISO 3297. The ISSN number consists of the prefix ISSN and 8 digits, separated by a half-word line "-" in the middle, and the last digit is a check digit. ISSN numbers can be used with EAN 13 barcodes or Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).

The 2-digit additional code of the journal is EAN-2 barcode.

The value rules for additional codes are as follows:

If the journal is published monthly, the additional code is the ordinal number of the month, such as 01 for January and 12 for December.

If the journal is published quarterly, the additional code is the ordinal number of the last month of the quarter, such as 03 for the first quarter and 12 for the fourth quarter.

If the journal is published annually, the additional code is 00.

If the journal is published in other cycles, the additional code is the serial number of the issue, such as 01 for the first issue and 99 for the ninety-ninth issue.


What is the difference between ISBN number and ISSN number?

ISSN is used for journals, and ISBN is used for books.

They are the main signs to identify publications and are also the identifiers of publications.

ISBN, short for International Standard Book Number, is an international number specially designed to identify books and other documents. ISSN, the abbreviation of International Standard Serial Number (International Standard Serial Number), is an internationally accepted serial publication identification code.

ISBN bar code:

It is an internationally unified numbering system developed for the needs of book publishing and management, and to facilitate the exchange and statistics of international publications. It is represented by a set of ten-digit numbers with the "ISBN" code (978). It is used to identify the country, region or language, publishing institution, book title, edition and binding method of the publication. This group of numbers can also be said to be the representative number of the book.

The book code in the EAN code is 978. That is, as long as the country code part of the EAN is changed to 978, and then the check code is recalculated, it will be an ISBN barcode, which is the same. Simply put, the corresponding relationship between ISBN and EAN is: 978 + first 9 digits of ISBN + EAN check code.

ISSN barcode:

When making a barcode, change the "978" part of the ISBN code to "977" to get the ISSN code. The corresponding relationship between ISSN and EAN is: 977 + first 7 digits of ISSN + 00 + EAN check code.


How to apply for an ISSN number?

The method of applying for an ISSN number depends on your country.

If there is an ISSN National Center in your country, you will need to contact that center. If there is no ISSN National Center in your country, you can apply for an ISSN number from the ISSN International Center. The application process includes online registration, payment of registration fees, submission of ISSN application form and other steps.

The application fee for an ISSN number varies depending on the country where the publisher is located, but is generally between 25 and 50 euros.


What is the difference between ISSN barcode and EAN-13 barcode?

The ISSN barcode is an international standard number used to identify serial publications (such as journals, magazines, etc.), while the EAN-13 barcode is a European Article Number used to identify goods.

The ISSN barcode is a special EAN-13 barcode that is prefixed with 977, followed by the first 7 digits of the ISSN number, plus two additional digits (usually 00), and finally the EAN checksum. For example, the ISSN barcode for ISSN 1000-001X is 9771000001008.

The prefix of the EAN-13 barcode is the country code, which indicates the country or region where the product was produced. For example, the country code for China is 690-695, and the country code for the United States and Canada is 00-09.

The encoding method and image generation method of ISSN barcode and EAN-13 barcode are the same, and both use left odd and right even encoding rules.


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