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ISSN website now available in six UN languages

24 April 2018

Since March 2018, the International Serials Identifier Centre (ISSN) website has been available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish ( The Centre's news in the field of newspaper, journal and magazine identification around the world is also distributed in the six UN languages. Moreover, the ISSN International Centre makes available its new ISSN Portal and Extranet ( for librarians, publishers, content providers, database managers, researchers, students who can now access the open content of the ISSN database.


The ISSN International Centre is UNESCO's partner in the dissemination of open access content, contributing to the circulation of ideas and knowledge. Since 2015, the Centre has pursued an ambitious strategy based on strengthening its international influence, extending the network of its Member Countries, cooperating with standardization bodies and improving the quality of ISSN data, in particular through linked-data technology. The ISSN International Centre has developed partnerships with content publishers, information providers and preservation institutions through projects such as The Keepers' Registry ( or data exchange agreements such as the one signed in 2018 with the Directory of Open Access Journals (


This roadmap was approved by Member Countries in 2016 and they increased their financial support to the ISSN International Centre in 2017 and 2018.  The ISSN National Centres have contributed to the evaluation of the new portal, the final version of which was presented at the 22nd meeting of the General Assembly of member countries  held at the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris on 26 and 27 April 2018. On this occasion, the ISSN International Centre organized, under the patronage of UNESCO, a conference on open access scientific communication which brought together experts and researchers from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


For Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre, "the development prospects of the ISSN International Centre are exciting. The annual meetings with colleagues, multilingual webinars, regional training sessions and daily contacts with users of the ISSN Portal and the Directory of OA Scholarly Resources make the ISSN network a highly inclusive community whose role is crucial in building knowledge societies and disseminating knowledge."  


The ISSN International Centre is an intergovernmental organization created in 1974 by an agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the French Republic. The ISSN International Centre promotes international cooperation in scientific and technical information by maintaining an international system for the identification of journals and other periodicals through the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) defined by ISO 3297.


In cooperation with the ISSN National Centres established in the 90 Member Countries, the ISSN International Centre makes available to all the ISSN International Register ( which lists more than 2 million serial publications, printed or digital. It also provides an open access register of scientific OA publications ( which lists 24,000 journals, conference proceedings and monograph series published online as well as scientific blogs and institutional repositories.