Presenting ISSNs and publication information

​Display the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) in a prominent position in every issue of a serial or other continuing resource. Present information clearly and consistently to help readers and buyers find, identify and get your publications.

  • Displaying ISSNs
    • Location

      Display ISSNs on publications as follows:

      • For printed serials and other continuing resources, use one of these methods:
        • on the front cover (preferably in the top right-hand corner)
        • on the title page, caption, masthead, back cover, colophon, or editorial pages
      • For serials and other continuing resources in electronic media:
        • on the home page, title screen or main menu if the publication is online; the ISSN should also be displayed on each article
        • on any part that may be read easily (such as microfiche header, CD-ROM or DVD label, box, case), if the publication is on a physical medium
    • Conventions

      Basic ISSNs

      Start with "ISSN" and a space, then 4 numbers, a hyphen, and 4 more digits. The ISSN may end in an "X."


      ISSN 0027-9633

      ISSN 1927-226X

      ISSNs for several media versions

      Display ISSNs for different media versions together on each version.


      ISSN 0318-6954 (Print)

      ISSN 1923-6409 (Online)

      ISSNs with ISBNs

      Sometimes books are published in a monographic series, with individual books having an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). In these cases, display the two numbers together, each with its own prefix of letters.


      ISBN 978-1-100-94660-3

      ISSN 1708-0177

  • Presenting publication information

    Display the following information clearly and consistently on each issue or part to help others find, identify and use your publications.

    • title of serial or other continuing resource
    • name of publisher
    • place of publication
    • numbering / date
    • frequency
    • ISSN
    • Example: Library and Archives Canada’s Signatures magazine


      • title of serial publication: Signatures
      • chronological (date) designation of issue: Fall / Winter 2016
      • name of publisher: Library and Archives Canada
      • Signatures, Fall/Winter 2016 [PDF 9 MB]


      • name of publisher and place of publication:
        Library and Archives Canada
        550 boulevard de la Cité
        Gatineau, Quebec J8T 0A7
      • ISSN of print and online versions:
        ISSN 2369-4521 (Print)
        ISSN 2369-453X (Online)
      • frequency: Signatures is published twice a year
      • Signatures, Fall/Winter 2016 [PDF 9 MB]

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