ISSN barcodes in South Africa
Barcodes for magazines, newspapers and other serial publications
SA Barcodes offers a high-quality design service for ISSN numbers. Included with each purchase is full instructions on how to apply for an ISSN number with the National Library of South Africa, following which our design team will convert your ISSN numbers into high-quality digital barcodes, ready for printing.
ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number, and is a unique number assigned to a publication such as a magazine, newspaper, periodical, or other recurring publication. An ISSN number contains 8 digits which are assigned to a particular serial publication. Note also that the issue number also appears on the barcode – so depending on your intended retailer’s system you may need to have a barcode created for each issue of your publication, although not all retailers require this.
SA Barcodes offers a fast and efficient design service for existing ISSN numbers. We also provide you with detailed instructions on how to apply for a new ISSN number with the National Library of South Africa. If you have never registered for an ISSN before, you will need to apply for a number from the National Library, after which our design team will take over the process to convert it from a number to a digital barcode. Thereafter, we offer a lower rate for future barcodes depending on how frequently your publication comes out; be it weekly, monthly, or quarterly for example.
The National Library will require you to fill in a brief application form, providing the necessary details of the publication. They will also need you to submit copies of the following pages (they need not be the final versions!) in PDF or Jpeg formats:
These files can be low-resolution or even photocopies of the initial mock-up of the publication. The final versions can be sent through after the issue has been printed.
Detailed instructions on the application process are included with each purchase. Please feel free to contact us for an application form or if you require any further information.
How to make a purchase (Card/EFT):
You may purchase a single ISSN number design package (including barcode images) using your Credit/Debit card by clicking the “Buy Now” button below. This will take you to Payfast – our secure online payment provider. Payfast accepts a variety of payment options including credit card, debit card and UKash.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to pay by EFT or would like to order more than one ISSN design, please deposit a total of R275.00 (per ISSN number required) into the bank account below (using your name as the reference) and please remember to send us proof of payment via fax – 086 663 8699 or
email – email@example.com.
Banking details for EFT payments:
Account holder: SA Barcodes
Account number: 62360097440
Branch Code: 204209
Account type: Cheque
Branch: VineyardAs soon as payment is received, we will send through the necessary forms and instructions. Please also feel free to contact us at any point should you require more information.