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ISSN Barcodes for Magazines & Newspapers

You can buy barcode images for your publication (magazine, newspaper or other periodicals) from here if you already have an ISSN number.

If you still need to buy an ISSN number, please see this link.

Once you have your ISSN number, are you able to buy your corresponding barcode image from here?
The barcode images we supply are standard GS1 format barcodes that are used internationally.
You will need to provide us with your ISSN number and confirm what format you need (13-digit or 13+2), along with any preferences for the digits in the code (e.g. the price code). For more information about the 13-digit and 13+2-digit barcodes, see below.

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    ISSN images for your magazine, newspaper or periodical. Please add to cart, then proceed to checkout. Enter your ISSN number at the checkout page. When we receive your order we will turn your 8 digit ISSN number into a 13 digit EAN-13 barcode number (starting with “977”). We will email the barcode images to you in 5 formats (jpeg, eps, tiff, bmp & pdf). If you want the barcode to have a 2-digit supplement on the end (e.g. “01” or “02”) to represent the issue number, please request this in the “additional information” section when ordering.


    Quantity Price per image
    1 $ 30
    2 $ 25
    3 $ 20
    4 + $ 15
    10 + $ 8
    20 + $ 5
    50 + $ 2.50

ISSN Barcode Format

An 8-digit ISSN number is converted into a 13-digit EAN13 barcode by removing the last eight digits (this is a checksum). Then, 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 2-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 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, 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 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, BMP & pdf). You can choose the format you prefer & insert the barcode into the design for your magazine or newspaper cover. After your magazine or newspaper 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 publications to represent the issue number of the magazine/newspaper.

Issn Sample In Ean Format

Check out some of the great magazines we make the barcodes for.

New Zealand Fishing News magazine front cover

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