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Magazine Barcodes & Newspaper Barcodes

Magazine barcodes and newspaper barcodes are based on the ISSN number (International Standard Serial Number) of the magazine or newspaper. This applies to all magazines, newspapers, and other periodical publications. We can supply the barcode images based on your ISSN number.

If you don’t have an ISSN number yet you can get one from the British Library. If you live outside of the UK, visit the ISSN International Centre website to find the contact details of your local ISSN Centre.

After you have your ISSN number, come back to us. You can order the ISSN barcode images for your ISSN number.

ISSN barcodes can be used worldwide.

For reference, an 8 digit ISSN number is converted into an EAN13 barcode in this way; 977 is added to the front of the number, the last of the 8 digits is removed (this is a checksum), 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 changes then consequently the 2 digit price code should be changed eg from 00 to 01, and a new barcode created eg 9771234567010.

Some publications add a 2 digit supplement barcode after the main barcode. This supplement can then vary with the issue eg 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 reprinted each year. The barcode only needs to be changed if the price changes. Get in touch with us then. We can alter the barcode for the new price.

Order ISSN barcodes here

We make a huge number of magazine barcodes. Here are just a few the magazines using our ISSN barcode images:

Examples of Magazines using our Barcodes

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, svg, pdf, and png). You can choose the format you prefer. Insert the barcode into the design for your magazine cover. Retailers will enter the barcode number and product information into their inventory system. Thereafter when a customer brings the magazine at the store checkout it will bring up the price.

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. Some magazine barcodes print supplement digits to represent the issue number of the magazine.

ISSN with supplement numbers


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