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


Edina and the ISSN International Centre will organize a Keepers Extra conference and workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland (7-8 September 2015).

Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving

September 7th 2015, University of Edinburgh


An international conference organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, ‘Taking the Long View’ brings together international archiving agencies, representatives of national libraries from around the world, and research libraries and consortia to exchange knowledge, share ideas and discuss requirements for potential global collaboration to increase preservation coverage and tackle the ‘long tail’.

The importance of assuring continuing access to e-journal content has long been recognised. Many institutions now have e-first collection policies that require archiving of serial content before e-only or print disposal actions can be taken.  Nations are introducing legal deposit systems for electronic material.  Yet analysis undertaken as part of the Keepers Registry has shown that over 80% of continuing resources assigned an ISSN have yet to be archived. The need for ‘conscious coordination’ of international activity is clear (Lavoie and Malpas, 2015).  It is imperative that we now take the long view and consider if and how we can work together to address the challenge of stewarding the digital scholarly record.


Marking the 40th anniversary of the ISSN International Centre and the 20th anniversary of EDINA, this event presents a networking and briefing opportunity in which librarians can learn about a wide range of international activities, experiences and perspectives on the archiving and preservation of serial content, and gain insight into the operations and ambitions of some of the most important archiving agencies and initiatives from around the world.

More details and instructions on how to register are available on the conference website:

For more on the Keepers Extra project and the Keepers Registry, visit our blog:


Press Release: ISSN: 40 years of identification for serial publications

If the ISSN did not exist, someone would have to invent it! 

Fortunately, that work was accomplished 40 years ago and in the intervening years, the ISSN has become a crucial part of the serials and electronic resources landscape. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the ISSN International Centre and its Network which were formally established in 1975 under the terms of an agreement signed between UNESCO and France, the host country of the International Centre.

For the past 40 years, the ISSN International Centre has developed its network of member countries that now total 89 and span five continents.  The ISSN International Centre is responsible for maintaining and publishing the ISSN International Register and products such as the ISSN Portal, the subscription database of ISSN metadata records.  The International Centre also supports and trains ISSN centers, and coordinates the harmonization of metadata among the bibliographic network and with the wider community of librarians and publishers. It is also responsible for assigning ISSN to international publications and publications of countries that do not yet have ISSN centres. The International Centre is currently implementing its new strategic plan which focuses on the sustainability of the ISSN system and its extension.


The ISSN Register contains more than 1.8 million ISSN bibliographic records.

About 60,000 new ISSN records are created annually.

100,000 records are modified annually.

89 National Centres have been established worldwide.

ISSN records are available in various formats (MARC 21- UTF 8; UNIMARC, MARC XML).

The ISSN Register is online as the ISSN Portal (, and also available through the OAI-PMH and Z39.50 protocols.

ROAD ( provides free access to those ISSN bibliographic records which describe scholarly resources that are fully Open Access: journals, conference proceedings, scholarly blogs, monographic series and academic repositories.


Please have a look at our blog to discover ISSN history and people:


Summer 2015: A special 40th anniversary issue with articles on different aspects of ISSN history and use, written by members of the ISSN community, will be published in English in the Brazilian journal “Ciencia Da Informaçao”, (ISSN 0100-1965, volume 44).

27-28 June 2015: At the annual conference of the American Library Association in San Francisco, the US ISSN National Centre will give a presentation entitled “ISSN @ 40:  Past, Present, and Future” at the Library of Congress exhibit booth and the ALCTS Continuing Resources Update Forum will feature three presentations about ISSN.

10 August 2015: The National Library of Colombia will organize a national workshop on “Colombian Serial Publications: profiles and prospects.” The ISSN International Centre will make a presentation about its current projects.

15-21 August 2015: The ISSN International Centre will exhibit at IFLA conference in Cape Town in South Africa (booth n°E127).

7 September 2015: Edina and the ISSN International Centre will organize the conference Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on the Stewardship and Archiving of E-journals and Serials in Edinburgh (Scotland).

14-18 October 2015: The ISSN International Centre will exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany (booth ILC, 4.2).

4th November 2015: The Bibliothèque nationale de France will organize a one-day conference about the identification of serial publications facing the digital transition: a tribute to ISSN’s 40th aniversary.

Fall 2015: An article about the history of ISSN IC will be published in the journal Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France.

Check out the 40th anniversary blog to learn more:

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Conference organised by ISSN Colombia: 10th August, 2015

The National Library of Colombia & ISSN Centre  (Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia) are happy to invite you to their Second Academic Conference about the Colombian serials, entitled : “Segunda Jornada Académica: Las Publicaciones Seriadas Colombianas: Panorama y Perspectivas”

  • date:  Monday 10th August, at 08:00 a.m.
  • Place :

– Morning meeting: PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD JAVERIANA – Room: AUDITORIO: FÉLIX RESTREPO – Avenida Carrera 7 No. 43 – 82 (North entrance)

-Afternoon meeting: BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA – Room: GERMAN ARCINIEGAS – Calle 24 No. 5 – 80

Please click on the following link to see the agenda: AGENDA – SEGUNDA JORNADA ACADÉMICA