The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique identifier which identifies one specific version of a book or item. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book for example; paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book will each have a different ISBN.
ECU Library Services Centre is responsible for assigning ISBNs to items published by ECU staff with ECU as the publisher.
A comprehensive list and information can be found on Thorpe-Bowker website. Thorpe-Bowker is the sole distributor of ISBNs for Australia.
When an ISBN is allocated it will be annotated on the form and the form returned to the requestor, usually within 2 working days.
If you are declaring copyright of the work and declaring that it is free from third party ownership, the copyright declaration form will be required.
If the edited publication is a collection of conference papers or journal articles then the Transfer of Ownership section on the copyright declaration form is required to prove permission has been sought from the authors.
Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP) is a service provided by the National Library of Australia to create a catalogue record for a publication before it is published.
The CiP entry includes information such as title, author, ISBN, Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) notation and subject headings. The main benefit of having a CiP comes from being included in the National Library of Australia database. This information makes your publication searchable via internet search engines and library databases. CiP applications must include a valid Australian ISBN.
More information can be found on the National Library of Australia CiP frequently asked questions page.
An application form for the CiP is available here.
The service is free and takes approximately 10 days.
PREMIER’S CIRCULAR No. 8/01 requires that
“Copies of all publications produced by public sector agencies and statutory authorities are to be deposited with the State Library of Western Australia and the National Library of Australia”
All items published are required to be deposited in the following public collections. This is the responsibility of the requesting department.
One copy Legal Deposit, National Library of Australia Canberra ACT 2600
One copy Legal Deposit State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000
One copy ECU Library Services Centre, Joondalup
One Copy Legal Deposit, Records & Archives Management Services, ECU Joondalup
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