Barcodes for Magazines

If you need a barcode for your magazine (or journal or newspaper), we recommend that you first get an ISSN number or a BIPAD number (if you don’t have one already). Each country has it’s own ISSN Centre (often located in the National Library) – here is a list of all the ISSN Centres worldwide. BIPAD numbers can be obtained from – but they are very expensive ($350 starting price).

Once your publication has been given an ISSN or BIPAD number, please come back to this website & purchase barcode images for your number below.

You can find out more about ISSN numbers on our magazine barcodes page.

ISSN barcodes are 13 digits long. BIPAD barcodes are 12 digits long. Either of these can also have a 2 digit supplement showing the issue number if you wish – see examples below. If you want a 2 digit supplement, let us know at the time of ordering, or by email after the order has been placed.

Note – these barcode images are for worldwide use

  • ISSN Barcode Images

    ISSN-13 barcode images for your magazine. Please enter your ISSN number into the “additional information” section when you get to the checkout page. Your ISSN barcode images will be emailed to you after we receive your order.

    All prices are in US$

    Quantity Price per image
    1 $ 20.00 USD
    2 $ 17.00 USD
    3 $ 14.00 USD
    4 + $ 10.00 USD
    10 + $ 5.00   USD
    20 + $ 3.00   USD
    50 + $ 2.00   USD


NOTE: When ordering, please type your ISSN into the “additional information” part on the payment form (alternatively, email it to us). If you require supplement digits at the end of your barcode (to represent the issue number), please let us know as well.

We will use your number to create your high resolution barcode images. You will receive an email containing your barcode images in several different formats (.eps, .jpg, .pdf, .tif, & .bmp) You can then put your barcode onto your magazine (or periodical publication) and begin using it immediately!

Below are some of the magazines that we have made ISSN barcodes for:

magazine-examples World Barcodes

What is an ISSN number?

ISSN numbers are used to identify periodical publications (eg. magazines, journals, & newspapers). ISSNs are allocated to periodical publications by a network of ISSN National Centres (these are usually located at the National Libraries of each country). The International ISSN Centre (based in Paris) coordinates with all the local ISSN Centres around the world, and maintains a comprehensive database of every ISSN that is assigned worldwide. ISSN stands for “International Standard Serial Number”.

How is an ISSN number turned into a barcode?

An ISSN barcode image is a visual representation of the ISSN number – each part of your ISSN number is translated into a vertical black bar image. When the barcode image is scanned, your ISSN number will appear on a retailer’s checkout screen. After you give your magazine (or other periodical publication) to your retailer, they will scan your barcode & then enter the product details into their system. This will connect your barcode to your publication. After that, when your barcode is scanned the product name & price will appear on the checkout screen.

Your ISSN number will be about 8 digits long – eg. 0123-4560. When it is encoded into a barcode, the barcode number will be 13 digits long – eg. 9770123456008 (the ISSN number is preceded by the digits 977; the checksum digit is recalculated; a two digit sequence variant – normally “00” – is added; and finally the checksum is recalculated and added). Sometimes some supplement digits are added at the end of the barcode to represent the issue number.

See the two examples below:

ISSN sample EAN barcode for magazine


ISSN+2 ean+2 magazine barcode with 2-digit supplements

If you need your barcode to have supplements at the end (like in the image above), just let us know after making your order – the supplement number (either two-digits or five-digits long) can be changed to represent different issues of the magazine.

“As a novice in this area it is great to see you providing this service as it was a bit daunting looking at having to join up an organisation with ongoing fees when all I required was one barcode from my ISSN number. Your website explains the process clearly as well as the options ”  Richard K

“Wonderful. You have been so helpful. Thank you!” Eleanor

“David, Thanks for a quick and excellent service. Greatly appreciated”  John F