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How to get an ISBN or ISSN for your publication

What are ISBNs & ISSNs?

ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) and ISSNs (International Standard Serial Numbers) are unique bibliographic reference numbers used to identify individual books, journals, multimedia and other published materials.

For example:

Book – A History of Wollongong, ISBN: 0864184468

Journal – Illawarra Unity, ISSN: 1327-8126

How to get an ISBN for your UOW publication

Requesting an ISBN

UOW Library is authorised to allocate ISBNs for any University of Wollongong monograph publications (books, working papers, conference proceedings in print or on CDROM/DVD etc.).

These ISBNs are purchased in blocks on behalf of the University. There is no cost to the individual requester.

Request an ISBN by email.

In your email, include:

  • Author/Editor
  • Title
  • Series (if applicable)
  • Publisher: University of Wollongong (specify department/unit where applicable)
  • Publication Year
  • Format: book/ebook/video/CDROM/DVD (delete those not applicable)

An ISBN will be sent to you by email in five working days.

Placement guidelines

For books the ISBN should appear on the reverse side of the title page and also on the bottom of the back cover.

The letters "ISBN" should always precede the number.

For disks and videos, the ISBN should appear on the product itself as well as any packaging.

See the Thorpe-Bowke website for more information.

Lodging your publication

You are asked to lodge a copy of your e-publication with the us, so that it can be added to the Library's collection and listed in the National Bibliographic Database.

Fulfilling legal deposit requirements

In addition to the e-copy you lodged with us, single copies of your publication should also be sent/offered to these relevant legal deposit libraries.

Contact:

NLA Legal Deposit - National
Email: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit 

NLA Legal Deposit - State
Email: https://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/australia-wide 

Get an ISBN for your non-UOW publication

The Library is not authorised to allocate ISBNs for non-University of Wollongong publications.

Contact:

The Australian ISBN Agency
Email: https://www.nla.gov.au/the-australian-isbn-agency

Get an ISSN

The National Library of Australia is the only agency authorised to allocate ISSNs for journals, newsletters, annual reports etc.

We cannot allocate ISSNs for University of Wollongong serial type publications.

Contact:

The Australian ISSN Agency
Email: https://www.nla.gov.au/the-australian-isbn-agency

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