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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 look here for information about getting an ISSN number.

When you have your ISSN number, you can order the barcode images 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-digit 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.

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    ISSN-13 barcode images for your magazine

    Quantity Price per image
    1 R 160
    2 R 140 each
    3 R 110 each
    4 + R 80 each
    10 + R 40 each
    20 + R 25 each
    50 + R 12 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.  The two-digit price code should be changed if the price was increased, e.g. from 00 to 01, and a new barcode created, e.g. 9771234567010.

Some publications add a two-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 5 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 sample in EAN132 format


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