I’m trying to catalog all my books and magazines so I can at a glance know what I have, and don’t have. I’m working on the magazines at the moment and noticed that they don’t have ISBN numbers. Do magazines have unique identifying numbers?

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ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. Similarly, ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number.

The current standard for ISSN is ISO 3297:2007: Information and documentation — International standard serial number (ISSN). The website issn.org allows publishers of magazines, journals and similar serial publications to request an ISSN.

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