International Identifier for serials
and other continuing resources, in the electronic and print world


PRESSoo as IFLA standard

In March 2017, PRESSoo, the conceptual model for Bibliographic Information Pertaining to Serials and Other Continuing Resources, was approved by the IFLA Committee on Standards and endorsed by the Professional Committee.
Version 1.3 was released in May 2017.


Press release: Springer Nature and the ISSN International Centre working together on Centralization of ISSN Assignment

Springer Nature and the ISSN International Centre have been initiating a centralized process for the assignment of International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) to serial publications of Springer Nature. The new process for requesting ISSN standardizes and automates the way unique identifiers are requested, before their publication, for periodicals and books series published under the various imprints of Springer Nature. Springer Nature thus has only one point of contact for all new ISSN assignments.

“As an international publisher, Springer Nature used to handle numerous ISSN application workflows with different national ISSN Centres, depending on the place of publication. The requesting processes were often time-consuming and diverged from one National Centre to another”, says Henning Schönenberger, Director of Product Data and Metadata at Springer Nature. In order to standardize the assignment process, the ISSN International Centre and Springer Nature, with the support of the German ISSN Centre, initiated a new and unique workflow of ISSN assignments.

The new process involves the automated ISSN assignment to pre-publications through transfer of metadata from Springer Nature to the ISSN International Centre. “This process is experimented for the first time, and it gives international publishers the possibility to apply for ISSN at one single ISSN Centre, regardless of the location of the actual publishing office”, says Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre.

Springer Nature will get ISSNs more quickly, and the ISSN International Centre will immediately share the new data with ISSN National Centres via the ISSN Register, the database which provides authoritative information about serial publications worldwide.


The e-ISSN becomes a mandatory item according to Latindex new list of editorial quality criteria


Set online in 2002, Latindex Catalogo was created as a referral service specializing in editorial quality criteria applied to the evaluation of Spanish journals in Science and Technology. Those journals that are compliant with a minimum of the criteria established by Latindex are included in the catalog. Editorial features like content, editorial guidelines, and online presentation are checked. Since May 2017, online journals must have their own e-ISSN, additionally to their previously assigned print ISSN. This mandatory amendment has been added to the new list of 38 editorial quality criteria decided by a group of 4 scholars members of the Latindex network, and approved during the last Latindex technical meeting held in September 2016.