International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
ISSN is a worldwide identification code used by publishers, suppliers, libraries, information services, bar coding systems, union catalogues, etc. for citation and retrieval of serials such as Journals, Newspapers, Newsletters, Directories, Yearbooks, Annual Reports & Monograph series, etc. The benefits include international publicity and recognition of the serial by automatic inclusion in the International Serials Directory Database.
Indian National Centre for ISSN
The Indian ISSN Centre at the National Science Library, NISCAIR, New Delhi is one of a network of over 89 national centres worldwide. It is responsible for assigning ISSNs, to serials published in India. Till date, over 22,384 Indian serials have been assigned ISSNs. The Centre is also responsible for contributing Indian records to the world database of ISSN numbers, known as the ISSN Register, maintained by the ISSN International Centre in Paris. National Institute of Science Communication and information Resources (erstwhile INSDOC) has been designated as the Centre for assigning ISSN to serial publications published in India since 1986. The ISSN assigned periodicals are registered by uploading bibliographic information in the international database in Paris.