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Address: ISSN China Center, Room G417, NLC South Area, National Library of China, # 33 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Beijing Postal code: 100081 Tele: 010-88545381 or 88545367 Fax: 010-68471138 E-mail: issncn@nlc.cn

ISSN Application Qualification

1. Obtain the publication approval from the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China, have printed or CD periodicals with China domestic uniform serial publication numbers (CN)

2. To apply ISSN for a periodical, the applicant should be granted the publishing license issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China, and the distribution scope is public distribution.

ISSN application procedure

1. Fill in an ISSN application form

2. Submit one copy of the approval document by the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China (or the Ministry of Science and Technology)

3. For a printed periodical, the applicant should submit one copy of the Periodical Publishing License issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China and one copy of the Periodical Registration Form recorded by a national press publishing authority.

4. Submit the sample of the periodical: the first issue with the applicable title (if the sample can not be provided because the periodical was published a long time ago, photocopy of the cover and copyright page will be a substitute); the latest two published issues; provided that the periodical was renamed, the last issue with the original title should be provided; the periodical with a new title, which has not been published yet, can be complementally submitted after publication.

5. The applicant outside Beijing can send the related materials through a post office (the ISSN China Center is the only addressee for the mailing documents). After the procedure approval, the ISSN China Center will send the ISSN temporary notice to the applicant via registered letter (or EMS). If the applicant requires the reply via EMS, please inform the ISSN China Center in advance, and pay RMB 22 as the EMS fee (the invoice cannot be provided). Otherwise, the ISSN China Center will send it via registered letter.

6. ISSN application is free of charge.

Obtain ISSN Certificate

Print the obtained ISSN in a publication to be published according to the requirement of the notice, and delivery or mail the latest two issues of the periodical samples printed with the ISSN to the center. After approving the review, the center will issue an ISSN certificate (the ISSN comes into force formally at the moment). According to the requirement of the certificate, the certificate holder shall submit one copy of the periodical sample to the center.

Description for filling in ISSN application form

1. Fill in a form according to the fact of periodical publication

2. The title and CN of a publication should completely stay the same with the title and CN approved by General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China.

3. The column "the applicable title began to use since" shall be filled in: the actual earliest publishing date and code of the applicable title

4. The column "the issue change, trial issue and suspension of publication" shall be filled in: the publishing frequency change of the periodical with the current title and/or the description of the concrete change time if there are trial issues and suspension of publication.

5. The column "former title": shall be filled in: the actually used former title of the periodical or the periodical information before the approval of rename

6. For more than one sponsors, the column of the address can be filled in the address and contact telephone of the main sponsor

7. For a foreign periodical, the periodical title, competent institution, main sponsor, editor and publisher should be filled up in corresponding foreign language; and other items should be filled up in Chinese.

Download the application form (please click here)

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