ISBN/ISSN (International Standard Book or Serial Number)

We can allocate an ISBN/ISSN to material produced by CERN Authors and published by CERN.

Having an ISBN assigned is useful for:

  • Printed books and pamphlets
  • Computer software
  • Educational videos
  • Multimedia kits containing printed material
  • Online publications as advised by the ISBN Agency

If you are publishing the same material in different formats (for example hardback printed book, paperback printed book, EPUB, PDF, etc.), we will allocate an ISBN to each format.

>How to get an ISBN/ISSN

If you want to publish a book or a report and you need an ISBN, please send us a ticket: Request an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).

In order to allocate the ISBN/ISSN to your material we need to know:

  • Title
  • Product form (printed book, ebook, etc.)
  • Contributor
  • Edition
  • Language
  • Publisher
  • Country of publication
  • Publication date

Where to show the ISBN

The ISBN must appear on the object itself.

In the case of printed publications, the ISBN must appear on the:

  • Verso of the title page (copyright page)
  • Foot of the title page, if there is no space on the title verso
  • Lower section of the outside back cover
  • Foot of the back of the sleeve, or any other protective case, or wrapper

In the case of electronic publications, the ISBN must appear on one of these options (depending on the object itself):

  • Title display
  • The first display (online publications)
  • On the screen that displays the title or its equivalent (e.g., the initial screen displayed when the content is first accessed and/or on the screen that carries the copyright notice)

You can find more detailed information in the ISBN Users’ Manual.

When different formats are made available separately, all the ISBNs should be listed one below the other on all versions and the abbreviated format should be mentioned in parentheses at the end of its ISBN.

ISBN 978-92-9083-411-3 (hardback)
ISBN 978-92-9083-423-4 (paperback)
ISBN 978-92-9083-455-9 (PDF)
ISBN 978-92-9083-503-3 (EPUB with DRM)

More information about ISBN on Persistent identifiers for objects

] Good to know

  • If you want to know more about what objects should be allocated with an ISBN, please read section 3 of the ISBN Users’ Manual.
  • Please be aware that we can only allocate an ISBN to CERN publications and that we will not allocate ISBNs to publications about experiments which have not yet been approved by CERN.
  • If you are a student who wants an ISBN for a thesis, please forward your request directly to your university.
  • If you are a CERN author publishing with a publisher other than CERN, the ISBN will be allocated by the chosen publisher.
  • If you are thinking about self-publishing your book, please contact @email. We are glad to provide help.
Last modified
19 June, 2020