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International Standard Serial Number


The barcodes for magazines and periodicals are still EAN-13 barcodes but they incorporate ISSNs (International Standard Serial Numbers). The often have a two-digit add-on barcode which incorporates the issue number (for each week, or month). These barcodes always begin with the digits 977, and they incorporate the eight-digit ISSN issued by a national agency. It will cost you nothing to obtain an ISSN, and the UK’s national agency is the British Library at Boston Spa.




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