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


The ISSN International Centre is issuing a call for tenders for a consultancy mission on its strategy

As the first and single entry point for the identification of all kind of print and digital serials and other continuing resources (retail, educational, and scholarly), the ISSN International Centre and the ISSN Network are the cornerstone of a wider system including the publishing industry, the distribution and retail industry, libraries, scholars and readers.

This consultancy mission will provide guidance to set up the new strategy of the ISSN International Centre for years 2020-2024.

More information available here.


Request for information for the development of a new ISSN production tool (ISSN+)

The ISSN IC published on Friday, December 21st, 2018 a “Request For Information” concerning the development of a new ISSN production tool.

Companies interested in the ISSN+ project  will send to the ISSN IC an application file the content of which is presented in the attached document.

Based on the criteria outlined in the RFI, ISSN IC will then retain several candidates and will forward to them detailed specifications. The RFI can be downloaded here.

Potential questions will be forwarded to by January 25th, 2019. The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at noon (CET). Tenders should be sent to


The next version of the ISSN standard is under ballot until March 27th, 2019

A ballot on the next version of the ISO 3297 standard has just been launched by ISO. The national standard-setting organizations of TC46/SC9 Information and documentation – Identification and description member countries are required to submit their vote and comments to ISO before March 27th, 2019.