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ISBN or ISSN

Why is an ISBN useful?

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a ten digit product number, used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. This number enables them to identify a particular publisher, and a specific edition of a specific title in a specific format.

An ISBN applies to printed books and pamphlets, book readings on cassette, electronic publications, microform publications, microcomputer software and multi-media kits containing printed material. This excludes such items as diaries, calendars, theatre and concert programs, advertising material or prospectuses, unbound sheet music without a title page, art prints and art folders.

Why is an ISSN useful?

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a ten or thirteen digit product number which is used to identify a serial title being the serials equivalent of an ISBN. The ISSN system provides subscribers, booksellers, publishers and librarians with a simple and accurate method of identifying a particular serial, even when there is more than one serial with the same or a similar title.

Serial publications comprise parts issued in sequence and linked by a common title. Usually each part bears an issue number and/or date. Serials are intended to continue indefinitely, and include periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, yearbooks, directories, journals, memoirs, proceedings, and transactions of societies. Monographs in series are also included. These are books which have their own titles as well as a collective series title. Normally all books in the series will be issued by the same publisher in a uniform style and usually in a numerical sequence. Multi-volume books are not considered to be serials since publishing is planned as a limited number of volumes - even if all volumes are not issued simultaneously.

What is a legal deposit?

A legal deposit is a statutory provision under the Copyright Act 1968 and various State Acts, obliging publishers to deposit copies of their publications with the National Library of Australia and the appropriate State Libraries. ECU subscribes to providing legal deposits for all the above and also requires legal deposits of materials for our own ECU campus libraries and ECU archives.

The individual who is responsible for originating the production of a publication and requests either an ISBN or ISSN on behalf of (Edith Cowan University) also has an obligation to ensure that legal deposits of the publication are distributed as follows.

One copy to;

Legal Deposit Unit
National Library of Australia
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Four copies to;

Acquisitions Division - Serials
Alexander Library Building
Perth Cultural Centre
PERTH WA 6000

Two copies to;

ECU Library Services Mount Lawley Campus

Two copies to;

Archives Office, Joondalup Campus

Click here to download an Application form for ISBN

Expo Copy Services no longer provide a service for International Standard Serial Numbers
Click here for online application for ISSN web site: http://nla.gov.au/services/issn_form.html