Magazine Barcodes & Newspaper Barcodes

Magazine barcodes and newspaper barcodes are based on the ISSN number (International Standard Serial Number) of the magazine or newspaper. This applies to all magazines, newspapers, and other periodical publications. We can supply the barcode images based on your ISSN number.

If you don’t have an ISSN number, you can get one through the designated ISSN agency (

for the country of publication. In most countries, this is the National Library. After you have your ISSN number, come back to us to order the barcode images for your ISSN number. We provide standard GS1 (EAN13) format barcodes that can be used worldwide.

For reference, an 8-digit ISSN number is converted into an EAN13 barcode in this way: 977 is added to the front of the number, the last of the eight digits is removed (this is a checksum), a nominal price code is added to the number (usually 00), and then the last digit checksum is added.  For example, ISSN 1234-5678 would become 9771234567003.  If the price was increased, the 2-digit price code should be changed, e.g. from 00 to 01, and a new barcode created, e.g. 9771234567010.

Some publications add a 2-digit supplement barcode after the main barcode. This can then vary with the issue, e.g. it could be 01-12 for 12 monthly issues, or 01-52 for weekly issues, or 01-04 for quarterly issues. These barcodes can be reused each year. They only need to be changed when the price changes.

Note – these barcodes can be used everywhere in the world

Order ISSN barcodes here

Here are some of the magazines that use our ISSN barcode images:


Examples of Magazines using our Barcodes


How to use your ISSN barcode:

ISSN sample EAN barcode for magazine

After we receive your order, we will email your barcode images to you. The images will come in several formats (jpeg, EPS, tiff, PDF, and BMP). You can choose the format you prefer & insert the barcode into the design for your magazine cover. After your magazine has been printed and distributed to your retailers, they will enter the barcode number and product information into their inventory system. After that, when your barcode is scanned, the magazine details will appear on the retailer’s screen.

Note: If you want us to send you a barcode that has supplement digits at the end (like in the example below), please let us know when you make your order. We can give you barcode images with 2-digit- or 5-digit supplement numbers. Supplements are used on some magazine barcodes to represent the magazine’s issue number.

ISSN with supplement








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“Many thanks for the barcode – it has already produced an Amazon sale and covered its cost, so I am very pleased with your service. I will be ordering more.” Marguerite

“I don’t get in touch for a year, I ping you an email before I go to bed at a stupid late hour in the UK, and when I get up 5 hours later, the barcode is sitting there in my inbox waiting for me. And the best bit is, I knew it would be. Great service, thanks.” Denise