BS ISO 3297:2020 - Information and documentation. International standard serial number (ISSN)

BS ISO 3297:2020

Information and documentation. International standard serial number (ISSN)

Status : Current   Published : October 2020



This document defines and promotes the use of a standard code (ISSN) for the unique identification of serials and other continuing resources.

Each International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique identifier for a serial or other continuing resource in a defined medium whether print or electronic.

This document also allows for grouping related continuing resources into clusters identified by a separately-prefixed ISSN as defined in this document.

ISSNs are applicable to serials and to other continuing resources, whatever the business model or modes of distribution (e.g. free, open access, on subscription, etc.) and irrespective of whether the serial is currently in publication, has ceased publication, or publication is planned for the foreseeable future. Continuing resources include whatever the medium of production (print or electronic):

  • serials, such as newspapers, periodicals, journals, magazines, conference proceedings, monographic series with no predetermined conclusion, annual or other periodic reports, and

  • ongoing integrating resources that are updated, such as loose-leaf publications, updating websites, blogs, institutional repositories, directories and databases.

Monographs, sound and video recordings, notated music publications, audiovisual works, textual works and musical works have their own standard identifiers and are not specifically mentioned in this document. Such items can carry an ISSN in addition to their appropriate identifiers when they are part of a continuing resource.


This document does not contain any operational guidance for its practical implementation.

Standard NumberBS ISO 3297:2020
TitleInformation and documentation. International standard serial number (ISSN)
Publication Date14 October 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 8, ISO 4, ISO 7098, ISO 32000 (all parts), ISO 3602, ISO 16684 (all parts), ISO 9984, ISO/IEC 10646, ISO 259, ISO 2108, ISO 11940-2, ISO/IEC 23736 (all parts), ISO 9985, ISO 843, ISO 5127:2017, ISO 26324:2012, ISO 233-3, ISO 15919, ISO 3166-1, ISO/IEC 29500 (all parts), ISO/IEC 15420, ISO 639-2, ISO 9, ISO 11940, ISO 233-2
ReplacesBS ISO 3297:2017
International RelationshipsISO 3297:2020
Draft Superseded By19/30376797 DC
DescriptorsPublishing, Data layout, Data representation, International identification numbers, Metadata, Library and information science, Codes, International standard serial numbering, Serials
Title in FrenchInformation et documentation. Numéro international normalisé des publications en série (ISSN)
ISBN978 0 539 00762 6
File Size1.511 MB

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