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ISSN Barcodes for Magazines

If you already have an ISSN number for your magazine (or newspaper or other periodical publication), please purchase the barcode images for your ISSN number below.

If you don’t have an ISSN number, please first get your ISSN number.

How to get an ISSN Number

The ISSN is the standardised 8-digit international code that uniquely identifies a serial publication such as a newspaper, magazine or journal. The National Library is the ISSN National Centre for Singapore and issues Singapore ISSNs to serials published in Singapore. Contact them to request your ISSN.

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When you have your ISSN number, you can order the barcode image for your ISSN number here.

We provide standard GS1 format barcodes that can be used worldwide.

Let us know your ISSN number, the format you want (13 digits or 13+2), and whether you have any preferences for the digits in the code (e.g. the price code). See below for information about the 13-digit and 13+2-digit barcodes for magazines.

  • ISSN Barcode ImagesISSN barcode example

    ISSN-13 barcode images for your magazine. Please enter your ISSN number (and issue number if you want EAN13+2 format barcodes) into the “ISSN number” section when you get to the checkout page. We will use it to create your ISSN barcode images and then email them to you.

    Quantity Price per image
    1 $ 30 SGD
    2 $ 25 SGD
    3 $ 20 SGD
    4 + $ 15 SGD
    10 + $ 8 SGD
    20 + $ 5 SGD
    50 + $ 2.50 SGD


ISSN Barcode Format

An 8-digit ISSN number is converted into a 13-digit EAN13 barcode in this way – the last of the eight digits is removed (this is a checksum), 977 is added to the front of the number, a nominal price code is added to the number (usually 00), and then the last digit checksum is added.  For example, ISSN 1234-5678 would become 9771234567003.  If the price was increased, the 2-digit price code should be changed, e.g. from 00 to 01, and a new barcode created, e.g. 9771234567010.

Some publications add a 2-digit supplement barcode after the main barcode – this can then vary with the issue, e.g. it could be 01-12 for 12 monthly issues, or 01-52 for weekly issues, or 01-04 for quarterly issues. These barcodes can be reused each year – they only need to be changed when the price changes.


How to use your ISSN barcode:

ISSN sample EAN barcode for magazine

After we receive your order, we will email your barcode images to you. The images will come in several different formats (jpeg, eps, tiff, pdf, and BMP). You can choose the format you prefer & insert the barcode into the design for your magazine cover. After your magazine has been printed and distributed to your retailers, they will enter the barcode number and product information into their inventory system. After that, when your barcode is scanned, the product details will appear on the retailer’s screen.

Note: If you want us to send you a barcode with supplement digits at the end (like in the example below), please let us know when you make your order. We can give you barcode images that have either 2-digit or 5-digit supplement numbers. Supplements are used on some magazine barcodes to represent the issue number of the magazine.

ISSN+2 ean+2 magazine barcode with 2-digit supplements



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