ISSN Magazine Barcodes ISSN Sample Barcode


International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN’s) are 8 digit numbers (e.g. 1234-567x) allocated to all periodical publications such as magazines or journals. In Ghana, you can obtain ISSN numbers from the George Padmore Research Library in Accra.
George Padmore Research Library on African Affairs, C/0 Ghana Library Authority
Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue
PO Box 663
Tel: +233 30 294 6367

Once you have your ISSN number you can purchase the barcode images for that number below.

  • ISSN Barcode Images

    Here you can purchase ISSN Barcode images (based on the ISSN number for your periodical publication / magazine). These will be emailed through to you in 5 different formats (Bitmap, eps., tiff, Jpeg, PDF) once the order has been received.

    Please enter your 8 digit ISSN Number in the additional information section when filling out your details after proceeding to checkout. Also specify if you require an alternative format for your barcode (i.e. 13+2).

    Quantity Price per image
    1 GH₵ 185
    2 GH₵ 160 each
    3 GH₵ 136 each
    4+ GH₵ 103 each
    10 + GH₵ 69 each
    20 + GH₵ 53 each
    50 + GH₵ 36 each


    Note – All prices are in GH₵

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Before purchasing your ISSN barcode, you may wish to consider which format you want your ISSN Barcode to be.

ISSN Barcodes come in 3 main formats:

1. The 8 digit ISSN number is converted to a 13 digit number by adding a 977 to the beginning, taking away the check-digit, adding two numbers (00) to the end and recalculating the check-digit. The number is then created as an image using EAN-13 Symbology which can easily be read by all barcode scanners and is essentially the same as other products with EAN-13 barcodes on them that go into stores. In this case the same number would be printed on each issue of the magazine.

2. Again the 8 digit ISSN number is converted to a 13 digit number, however this time the ’00’ added on the end is changed various times to create a different EAN-13 image each time. In this case a separate barcode image would be created for each issue of the magazine.

3. The final format involves converting the ISSN number in exactly the same way as option one, however in this case an additional 2-digit supplement code is added to the end creating a 15 digit (EAN-13+2) number. The supplement changes for each issue and can be done on a monthly (01-12) or weekly (01-52) basis (or any other way you wish).

In the UK the 13+2 format (option 3) is the most common. Other countries tend more towards the 13 digit formats (options 1 and 2). – It is a good idea to check the stores you are hoping to stock your magazine to establish which format is the most common.

It should be noted that options 2 and 3 involve creating multiple images for the ISSN number and hence are more expensive.

If you have a book, and require barcodes for this, please see our book barcodes section.

Look here for CD barcodes and  DVD barcodes.