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Difference Between ISBN and ISSN

ISBN vs ISSN

“ISBN” is “International Standard Book Number” and “ISSN” is “International Standard Serial Number.” Both ISBN and ISSN are codes that are used by publishers for numbering or serialising their publications.

One of the main differences between ISBN and ISSN is that the former one identifies the publisher whereas the latter one does not identify the publisher.

International Standard Book Number is given for monographs or books whereas the International Standard Serial Number is given to a series of monographs or books. In simple words, the ISBN is assigned for a single or separate book, and ISSN is assigned for a series of books. When ISBN identifies the specific volume or issue, the ISSN only identifies the series of the volume or issue.

In the case of the ISSN, it is only optional, which means that the publisher is not legally bound to use it. On the other hand, the ISBN is obligatory if the book falls under the ISBN application.

Unlike the ISBN, the ISSN will be the same in all the volumes or issues of a single series. On the other hand, ISBN is different for each volume and issue.

The International Standard Book Number is a 13-digit standard code. It was Gordon Foster who created for the first time a nine-digit ISBN code. Later the International Organization for Standardization developed the ten-digit standard number code. After 2007, the ISBN has a 13-digit number standard code.

The International Standard Serial Number is an eight-digit standard number. It is the number given to one set of the series, and once the series changes, another ISSN code is allotted. It was in 1971 that the ISSN system was first drafted. The ISSN standard number codes are assigned by the ISSN National Centers and are coordinated by the ISSN International Center that is based in Paris.

Summary:

1.“ISBN” is “International Standard Book Number” and “ISSN” is “International Standard Serial Number.”
2.One of the man differences between the ISBN and ISSN is that the former one identifies the publisher whereas the latter one does not identify the publisher.
3.International Standard Book Number is given for monographs or books whereas International Standard Serial number is given to a series of monographs or books.
4.In the case of the ISSN, it is only optional, which means that the publisher is not legally bound to use it. On the other hand, the ISBN is obligatory if the book falls under the ISBN application.


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  1. Very nice information. Simple to understand.

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