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Origin and structure of the ISSN Network

In 1971 the International Organization for Standardization published a recommendation to create an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) to handle the daily increasing volume of this type of material produced and identify unequivocably the title of each serial publication. The ISSN system was subsequently established under the framework of the UNESCO UNISIST Programme.

The ISSN Network was created to assign and manage ISSNs and consists of an International Centre in Paris, responsible for coordinating the network and maintaining the database, and National Centres in the various different member States. Each National Centre is the sole authority responsible for assigning ISSNs to the serial publications published in the country in question.