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ISSN Barcodes for Magazines & Newspapers

Do you have your ISSN number already?

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

No – If you don’t have an ISSN number, please look here for information about getting an ISSN number.

The National Library of Australia supplies ISSN numbers. When you have your ISSN number, you can order the barcode images for your ISSN number below.

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 Images

    ISSN-13 barcode images for your magazine. You will be requested to provide your ISSN number at the checkout page. We will use your ISSN number to create your ISSN barcode images (in EAN-13 format). You will receive your barcode images by email.

    Quantity Price per image
    1  $ 30
    2  $ 25 each
    3  $ 20 each
    4-9  $ 15 each
    10 – 19 $ 8 each
    20 – 49 $ 5 each
    50+ $ 2.50 each


ISSN Barcode Format

An 8 digit ISSN number is converted into a 13-digit EAN13 barcode in this way – the last of the 8 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 barcode example


After we receive your order, we will email your barcode images to you. The images will come in 4 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.

sample issn 132


We do many magazine and newsletter barcodes, including; Australian Working Stock Dog magazine, Moss Magazine, Oak magazine, Caddie magazine and Fassifern

frontcover of Moss Magazine magazine front covers Barcodes Australia

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