International Standard Identifiers (ISBN/ISSN/ISNI)

Korean Bibliographic Standard Center of National Library of Korea is the national agency of ISBN, ISSN and ISNI in Korea.
As a member of the International ISBN Agency since 1990, the Korean Bibliographic Standard Center provides metadata on ISBN, ISSN and ISNI based on its database and assigns domestic numbers on them for management purposes.

ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

  • What is ISBN?
    The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a system to enhance efficiency of material information and bibliographic distribution by establishing and identifying one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher.
  • Benefits
    • The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique international identifier for monographic publications. Since the 13-digit barcodes have long replaced bibliographic and technological descriptions, the adoption of ISBN has greatly contributed to saving time and cost in marketing, as well as preventing clerical errors.
    • Using ISBN enables to compile and renew book lists for sale, helping to find available publication information with ease.
    • Using ISBN is the fastest and most efficient way to order, sell or distribute publications.
    • The current EAN-13-based barcodes on a book’s back cover are in a machine-readable form, which prevents errors and improves efficiency during the distribution process.
  • Contact
    • Bibliographic Control Division, National Library of Korea, 201 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06579, Republic of Korea
    • Tel: (02) 590-0700 (ext. 1) / Fax: (02) 590-0621 / E-mail: isbn@mail.nl.go.kr

ISSN (International Standard Serial Number)

  • What is ISSN?
    The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is an 8-digit code used to identify newspapers, journals, magazines and periodicals of all kinds and on all
    media–print and electronic.
  • Benefits
    • Since an ISSN is an identification number for periodical publications, an ISSN created for any periodical publication helps to identify it with ease regardless of its publishing nation, publisher, language and contents.
    • The ISSN system is the fastest and most efficient way for libraries to collect, mutually borrow, copy bibliographic information and compile comprehensive lists. For distributors, such as publishers and bookstores it is used to order, sell, return and control inventory and management.
  • ISSN-L
    • The linking ISSN or ISSN-L is a new function of ISSN, which enables collocation or linking among different media versions of a continuing resource (periodical publications), defined in the new International Standard on ISSN in 2007 (ISO 3297: 2007). ISSN-L is not a separate numeral system but designates the first assigned (lowest number) ISSN among different media versions of a continuing resource. Only one ISSN-L will be designated regardless of how many different medium versions of a continuing resource exist.
    • Using ISSN-L enables one to collectively search the entire media of a specific continuing resource. To use ISSN-L, show the acronym of ISSN-L in capitals, followed by a space, then by two groups of 4 digits, separated by a hyphen. i.e. ISSN-L 1225-0333
    • ISSN-L is confirmed on the homepage of the ISSN International Center “ISSN-L Table.” The ISSN Network (ISSN International Center and National Center) has the only right to designate ISSN-L.
  • Contact
    • Bibliographic Control Division, National Library of Korea, 201 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06579, Republic of Korea
    • Tel: (02) 590-0700 (ext. 2) / Fax: (02) 590-0622 / E-mail: issn@mail.nl.go.kr

ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier)

  • The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is for the identification of public identities of parties, i.e. the identities used publicly by parties involved throughout the media content industries in the creation, production, management and content distribution chains.
  • The ISNI system uniquely identifies public identities across multiple fields of creative activity and provides a tool for disambiguating public identities that might otherwise be confused.
  • The ISNI is not intended to provide direct access to comprehensive information about a public identity but can provide links to other systems where such information is held.