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ISBNs and ISSNs for University Publications

JCU publications made available to the public require an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). The University Library issues the ISBNs and ISSNs for works which are published through the University.

If you require an ISBN or ISSN for a JCU publication please send an email to

Allocation of ISBNs and ISSNs

An ISBN is a 13 digit number used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. An ISBN should be allocated to:

  • Printed books and pamphlets

  • Educational/instructional films and videos

  • Multimedia kits containing print materials

  • Educational/instructional software

  • Electronic publications on physical carriers (CD-ROM etc.) or on the internet

An ISSN is an 8 digit number allocated to a serial. A serial is a publication intended to continue indefinitely like periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, memoirs and proceedings.

Legal Deposit of Published Material

To comply with legal deposit statutory obligations once publication has occurred six copies should be sent to the Library, Information Resources Section. These will be distributed as follows:

  • National Library of Australia

  • State Library of Queensland

  • Queensland Parliamentary Library

  • University Archives

  • University Library (2 copies)

Send an extra two copies if the publication is also to be deposited with the British Library and the Library of Congress, Washington.

For further information contact Library Information Resources staff via email or telephone 4781 4572.