The CIEPS, also known as the ISSN International Centre, is an intergovernmental organization which manages at the international level the identification and the description of serial publications and ongoing resources, print and online, in any subject.
- Founding texts
- Functions of the Centre
The ISSN Network was formally established in 1975. The ISSN International Centre was officially created in Paris in 1976, under the terms of an agreement signed between UNESCO and France, the host country of the International Centre. This agreement consists in a law and decree which are regarded as a multilateral treaty for which UNESCO is the custodian of.
The Statutes of the ISSN International Centre constitute the main part of the 1976 agreement and govern the ISSN International Centre.
They constitute the annexe of the decree.
To take advantage of the Centre’s activities, Member States and associate Members of UNESCO must be members of the Centre.
ISSN Staff regulations
These Staff Regulations were drafted on the basis of previous regulatory documents to provide consolidated rules abiding by international law. They came into force on November 1st, 2016 following a vote of the Governing Board on Oct. 17th, 2016.
Today there are 89 member countries.
Functions of the Centre
The ISSN International Centre coordinates the activities of member countries.
It is responsible for maintaining and publishing the ISSN International Register.
It is also responsible for assigning ISSNs to:
- international publications, and
- publications issued in countries that do not have an ISSN National Centre.
Today the ISSN International Centre has a staff of 13: