Barcodes for International Magazines (ISSN)

ISSN Code with Periodical Code
  Magazines sold in countries worldwide (except the USA and Canada) utilize the 13-digit ISSN barcode followed by the 2-digit periodical code. The magazine industry requires the ability to differentiate among the issues of a given year’s magazine.
ISSN barcode identifying your publication
Periodical or issue supplemental which identifies the issue of a given year
COSTS: $5 to $25 for each Issue (ISSN & Periodical Code)
  (Optional) $99 if you need our help obtaining your ISSN number
  (Optional) $25 to add any custom text to your above your barcode graphic
  Order Now! or call us at +1 404 885 6066 (worldwide) or 877-UPC-2060 (from USA & Canada)

How are Barcodes for Magazines different?
  The requirements for a barcode for magazines differ slightly from the standard barcoding for other retail products. The reason for this deviation is that the magazine industry requires the ability to differentiate the various issues of a given year’s magazine. You meet this requirement by using a periodical code in addition to your ISSN code.

Do I really need a Barcode on my Magazine?
  Yes, most stores have electronic point of sale (ePOS) systems, which enable them to keep track of their sales and stocks and to reorder magazines by scanning the barcode.
Most retailers refuse to accept magazines that are not barcoded. In addition, many distributors make use of barcodes in their warehouse systems.

How do Barcodes for Magazines work?

The 13-digit barcode on the left is the standard ISSN barcode.
This ISSN barcode in the EAN-13 format identifies the sale of one title by one publisher.
What differs from one issue of the magazine to another is the barcode on the right. This barcode is referred to as the periodical (bar)code or issue supplemental and identifies the issue of a given year. For example:
Magazines published quarterly feature issue codes 01, 02, 03, and finally 04. The following year, the magazine starts over with 01.
Monthly magazines require issue codes 01 through 12.
Weekly magazines require issue codes 01 through 53.
  When scanned at the register of your retailer, your magazine title is identified with your company once your 13-digit ISSN barcode (International Standard Serial Number) scans. Additionally, the 2-digit supplemental code identifies the issue being purchased.

Therefore when purchasing barcodes for magazines, you only need one ISSN barcode to identify your magazine and as many issue supplemental codes as you have issues per year. (Yes, you can re-use the code from this year’s January issue [Supplemental “01”] for next year’s January issue.)

How do I purchase Barcodes for Magazines?
For assistance, please call us at +1-404-869-0701 or 1-877-872-2060.

Services Description Cost Ordering Instructions
ISSN Barcode Package for Magazines Includes Assistance obtaining your ISSN number & the creation of the Barcodes of your ISSN with Periodical Codes for each Issue $99 + $5 to $25 per Issue
ISSN Barcodes for Magazines Barcodes of your ISSN with Periodical Codes for each Issue $5 to $25 each
Supplemental Codes only Use this option if you only need to order additional periodical codes. $5 to $25 each
  We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.
  Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.
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What do I get when I order Barcodes for Magazines?
1stUpon completion of your order, you receive an email confirmation of your ISSN barcode and/or periodical code for magazine purchase.
2ndSimply Barcodes contacts you to help you obtain your ISSN (if purchased).
3rd We generate the digital barcode images.
4thWe email your ISSN and/or periodical barcodes to you as an attachment.

In what format are my Barcodes for Magazines created?
For your convenience, you choose your barcode graphic from four different formats so that your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility can work with your barcode graphic in their preferred software.
EPS Format - This layered, vector EPS file is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. EPS is an "exchange" format, not necessarily associated with one specific graphics program. An exchange format is one intended for multiple applications to be able to open.
PNG Format - This raster PNG file works well for graphic artists who need a transparent background. This format supports lossless data compression. However, this format is not suitable for significant resizing.
JPEG Format - This uncompressed, high-quality JPEG file is the most common file format. All computers can open a JPEG. However, it is not suitable for resizing.
AI or Adobe Illustrator - This layered, vector AI file, generated in Adobe Illustrator, is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. AI is an application-native file format for Adobe Illustrator. An application-native format is intended for use by the creating application.

When do I get my Barcodes for Magazines?
  The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call +1 404 885 6066 (worldwide) or 877-UPC-2060 (from USA & Canada) to make arrangements.

How do I get my Barcode on my Magazine?
  Providing the ISSN barcode image to your graphic artist and including it in the design of your packaging prior to printing is the easiest and most economical way of getting your ISSN barcode on your magazine.

If your magazine has already been printed, you will need barcode labels. If you would like to order pre-printed barcode labels, please select this option when ordering your UPC code. If you have already completed your order, then click label printing to order labels. All orders received before 2 p.m. EST on business days are completed the same day and shipped for free within the continental U.S.


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