The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is used to identify serial publications, which are publications that are issued in numerical order, such as the volumes of a magazine. Serial publications include periodicals, annual reports, yearbooks, journals, transactions, newspapers and more. ISSN numbers also apply to electronic publications that exist on the Internet, but do not include commercial websites, blogs or web pages, which contain only links to other Internet URLs. This tutorial will take you through the process of creating an ISSN barcode for any of the above serial publications using the IDAutomation Barcode Image Generator software.
ISSN registration is free of charge, and both ISSN International and National Centers assign the 8-digit number depending on the type of serial publication, whether the publication is intended for international or national distribution, and whether there is a national center located within the country of origin. If no national ISSN center exists in the specified country, the International Center is responsible for ISSN assignment. Once the ISSN number is received, it should be displayed on the cover of the publication, in the upper right corner.
Generating an ISSN barcode requires an EAN13 barcode. The Barcode Image Generator software is used to create the ISSN barcode in this tutorial, although in other cases it may be better to use IDAutomation's UPC/EAN Barcode Fonts. If other types of barcode automation are preferred, IDAutomation offers a variety of barcode font encoders, components and stand-alone applications for this exact purpose.
For printed serial publications, the ISSN barcode number should be displayed on the upper right-hand portion of the cover. If this is not possible, other acceptable locations are with the copyright or publisher information. In the case of electronic serial publications, the ISSN barcode number should be displayed on the home or title pages.
An ISSN barcode is composed of 5 different sections:
Encoding an ISSN number into an EAN13 barcode varies in complexity based on how the information is being encoded. To encode the ISSN manually, begin the data to be encoded with 977 followed by the first 7 digits of the ISSN, then the 2-digit price code which is usually 00. Using the image example above, an ISSN 2496-5524, the data to be encoded should be 977249655200. After this, the EAN13 check digit must be added to the end of the string. To calculate the EAN13 mod10 check digit manually, follow these simple instructions:
Because manually calculating check digits can be complicated, IDAutomation offers a free online barcode font encoder that automatically calculates the Mod10 check digit for an EAN13 barcode in addition to several other symbologies. The Barcode Image Generator used in this tutorial contains a useful capability that allows automatic check digit calculation simply by checking the appropriate box.
The step-by-step process to create an ISSN barcode using the Barcode Image Generator is as follows:
When the EAN-13 barcode of the ISBN number is scanned, the data should equal the numbers printed below the barcode on the publication. A common method of reading and testing barcodes is with a hand-held barcode scanner. Most of the barcode scanners recommended by IDAutomation perform keyboard emulation and receive power from the USB port, so that no external power supply is required. When a barcode is scanned using keyboard emulation, the data read appears at the cursor as if it had been typed in from the keyboard. Most barcode scanners have the ability to read ISSN barcodes by default, such as the hand-held IDAutomation USB Barcode Scanner.
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