ISSN & ISBN Application
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ISSN Application

The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an eight-digit number which identifies periodical publications as such, including electronic serials. More than one million ISSN numbers have so far been assigned. Publishers or other interested parties (libraries, documentation centers) may request the assignment of an ISSN to a given periodical, if it does not yet have one. The ISSN is the standardized international code which allows the identification of any serial publication, including electronic serials, independently of its country of publication, of its language or alphabet, of its frequency, medium, etc. The ISSN number, therefore, proceeded by these letters, and appears as two groups of four digits, separated by a hyphen, has no signification in itself and does not contain in itself any information referring to the origin or contents of the publication.


Documents Required for ISSN Application

1.  Copies of certificate of incorporation of company

2.  Copies of business registration certificate

3.  The cover, back cover and index page of the publications to be printed

4.  3-4 books published shall be filed with relevant governmental department


Time for ISSN application

It takes about 15 working days


ISBN Application


The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 10-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.


The ISBN is divided into five parts of variable length, which must be separated clearly by hyphens or spaces. The number of digits in the second, third and fourth parts of the ISBN (group identifier, publisher prefix, title identifier) varies. The number of digits in the group number and in the publisher prefix is determined by the quantity of titles planned to be produced by the publisher or publisher group. Publishers or publisher groups with large title outputs are represented by fewer digits.


From 1 January 2007 the number consists of thirteen digits:
1. Prefix element

2. Registration group identifier

3. Registrant / publisher element
4. Publication element

5. Check digit


Documents Required for ISBN Application


1.  Copy of ID card or passport of applicant

2.  Copy of business registration certificate of registered Hong Kong publisher

3.  Valid Hong Kong address

4.  5-7 books published shall be filed and registered with relevant governmental department


Time for ISBN application


It takes about 8working days


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