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ISSN Barcodes for Magazines & Newspapers

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

Let us know your ISSN number, what 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 ISSN barcodes for magazines.

NOTE – these ISSN barcodes are lovingly created by our wonderful staff at their office in NZ – so they will be produced for you overnight (UK time). Hence, depending on the time of day or night you place your order, there will be some delay until the barcodes are emailed to you.

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    ISSN-13 barcode images for your magazine or newspaper. When you get to the checkout page, you will be asked to provide your ISSN number.

    If you require your barcode to have a two-digit supplement at the end to represent the issue number (e.g. “01” or “02”), please request this in the “additional information” section of the checkout page.

    When we receive your order, we’ll create your ISSN barcode images and then email them to you.

    Quantity Price per image
    1 £ 15
    2 £ 12
    3 £ 10
    4 + £ 8
    10+ £ 5
    20+ £ 3
    50 + £2

ISSN Barcode Format

An 8-digit ISSN number is converted into a 13-digit EAN13 ISSN barcode in this way – the last of the eight 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 eg 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 sample EAN barcode for magazine

After we receive your order, we will email your ISSN 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 or newspaper cover. After printing and distributing, your retailers 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 that has 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 publications to represent the issue number, e.g. edition 01.



Check out some of the magazines we work with, including Contemporary Lynx, Middle Plane, Hapsie, DEK magazine, Nutmeg Football Magzine, MNPR, Rock Candy Magazine, Slow Journalism’s Delayed Gratification serialBloom Gardening & Nature Inspiration, The Hawick Paper, Extra Teeth.

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HAPSIE is published by Clean Planet Foundation, a group set up to tackle environmental issues around the world (especially with carbon & plastic). 

Hapsie comic

Brilliant Brainz is a children’s print magazine for 6 to 12-year-olds.

Brilliant Brainz magazine covers

Newspapers such as West Highland Free Press and The Hawick Paper

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front cover of Hawick Paper

“Many thanks for your help. You have made the whole process so much easier than I expected and I have gladly referred you to colleagues.” Keith

“Thank you for the barcodes, that was very quick! I’m looking forward to getting them printed on my products.” Will


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