Beyond its role of identifying titles, the ISSN is an essential daily tool for all serial publication professionals.
- Electronic archiving
- Distribution, subscriptions and management
The ISSN International Register is the worldwide catalogue for serial publications. Serial publications are registered in it exhaustively.
Consequently, the ISSN is a bibliographical tool: students, researchers, writers of summaries and librarians can use it to give the precise references of a serial publication.
Used as a standardised identification digital code, the ISSN is used in IT applications to:
– update files,
– establish links between different files, and
– search for and exchange data.
Distribution, subscriptions and management
Libraries use the ISSN to:
– identify titles,
– order and verify serial publications, and
– claim missing issues.
The ISSN simplifies lending operations between libraries, as well as controls and verifications on union catalogues.
The ISSN must be used precisely to ensure OpenURL-based links are resolved correctly.
The ISSN is a practical and cost-effective communication tool between publishers and suppliers.
It helps commercial distribution systems to be fast and efficient.