Requesting an ISBN

Requesting an ISBN

Requesting an ISBN

When your work is ready to be published, registering it with an ISBN will help it to be found and purchased. If a Macquarie University entity is publishing the book, or if you are the editor of a collaborative work that is being published by Macquarie University, the Library can help you through the process of getting an ISBN. Just email copyright@mq.edu.au

What is an ISBN?

ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) and ISSNs (International Standard Serial Numbers) are unique bibliographic reference numbers used to identify individual books, journals, multimedia and other published materials. An ISBN is not mandatory but it will ensure that your publication is listed in Books in Print. The ISBN identifies Macquarie University as the registered publisher. Other libraries, booksellers and distributors around the world use ISBNs for ordering and stock control, so having an ISBN is an important part of making your publication able to be discovered and available for sale. 

Example: Rollin Schlicht : a man for all seasons : a retrospective (Book). ISBN 978 1 741383898

Obtaining ISBNs for MQ publications

The University Library is authorised to allocate ISBNs for Macquarie University monograph publications; books, ebooks, working papers, audiobooks, conference proceedings in print or DVD etc. These ISBNs are purchased in blocks on behalf of the University. There is no cost to the individual requester.

You will need to provide the following bibliographic citation details:

Author/Editor:
Title:
Series: (if applicable)
Publisher: Macquarie University (specify department/unit where applicable)
Publication date (month and year)
Format(s): hardback / paperback / ebook / video / CDROM / DVD / other
Primary subject – refer to the list of subject headings
If available, a JPEG image of the cover (minimum file size 4 KB, maximum 5 KB)
Price if known

Let us know whether you also need a publication-ready barcode (recommended) that represents the numerical ISBN. Please allow at least three working days for your request to be processed.

Placement guidelines for your ISBN

For books, the ISBN should appear on the reverse side of the title page and also on the bottom of the back cover. The letters ISBN should always precede the number as in the example above.

For disks and videos, the ISBN should appear on the product itself, as well as on any packaging.

More information: Thorpe Bowker - ISBN FAQs https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/isbn/main

Lodging copies of your publication with the Library

We ask that you lodge three copies of your publication with the University Library. Two copies will be held permanently as part of the Macquarie University Archive, and the other will be catalogued and added to the Macquarie University Closed Access Collection - University publications. 

Please also advise the Library if your publication is to be made freely available online. The relevant URL will be added into the Library catalogue to accompany the details of the print publication.

Obtaining ISBNs for non-Macquarie publications

The Library is not authorised to allocate ISBNs for non-Macquarie University publications. For these, please contact:

Thorpe-Bowker Identifier Services
Ph: 03 8517 8349
Email: myidentifiers@thorpe.com.au
Web: https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/

ISSNs

An ISSN is required for all ongoing serial titles published in Australia. The National Library of Australia is the only agency authorised to allocate ISSNs for journals, newsletters, annual reports etc. The University Library cannot allocate ISSNs. For these, please contact:

ISSN Australia Agency (National Library of Australia) http://www.nla.gov.au/services/issn.html

Legal Deposit

Legal deposit is a requirement for all Australian publications to be deposited with the National Library of Australia. A work is deemed to have been 'published' if reproductions of the work or edition have been made available (whether by sale or otherwise) to the public. See how to deposit for more information.

In addition to the copy you lodge with the National Library, single copies of your publication should also be sent/offered to the three NSW legal deposit libraries:

Legal Deposit Collection Organisation
State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
Email: orders@sl.nsw.gov.au

Legal Deposit Officer
NSW Parliamentary Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
Email: libreq@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Legal Deposit Officer
University of Sydney Library, Sydney NSW 2006.
Ph: 02 9351 7268
Email: legaldeposit@library.usyd.edu.au

Need more help?
Please email copyright@mq.edu.au

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