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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about ISSN Registration in India

1. What is ISSN?
The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is an eight-digit unique identifier used to distinguish and track periodical publications worldwide. It provides a standard method of identification for journals, magazines, newspapers, and other serial publications.

2. Who issues ISSN in India?

In India, the ISSN is issued by the National Centre for ISSN (NCISSN), which is a part of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. NCISSN acts as the National ISSN Centre responsible for providing ISSN registration services.

3. What publications require an ISSN?
Any publication that is issued in parts or volumes, such as newspapers, journals, magazines, newsletters, annual reports, or other periodicals, can apply for an ISSN. It is not mandatory, but having an ISSN can enhance the credibility and visibility of the publication.

4. How to apply for an ISSN in India?
To apply for an ISSN in India, the applicant needs to fill out the online application form available on the NCISSN website. The form requires information about the publication, such as title, publisher, frequency of publication, language, and other relevant details. A non-refundable fee is also applicable for the ISSN registration process.

5. How long does it take to get an ISSN?
Once the application is submitted, it generally takes around 15-30 days for the ISSN to be issued. However, the duration may vary depending on the completeness of the information provided and the workload at the National ISSN Centre.

6. What are the benefits of ISSN registration?
ISSN registration offers several benefits, including:
– Enhanced visibility and recognition of the publication among researchers, librarians, and readers worldwide.
– Improved access to indexing and abstracting services, libraries, and databases.
– Assured long-term accessibility and preservation of published content.
– Increased chances of obtaining impact factors and citation metrics for scientific and scholarly journals.

7. Is ISSN registration mandatory?
ISSN registration is not mandatory in India. However, it is highly recommended for publications that wish to establish an international presence, gain wider dissemination, and maximize their reach among potential readers, researchers, and institutions.

8. Can I obtain an ISSN for an already published publication?
Yes, an ISSN can be obtained for an already published publication. However, it is advisable to apply for an ISSN prior to the publication's first issue to ensure a seamless process and avoid any potential complications.

9. Is ISSN registration a one-time process?
The ISSN registration is not a one-time process. Once registered, the ISSN needs to be mentioned on each subsequent issue of the publication. Any changes in the publication's title, frequency, or other significant details must be duly communicated to the National ISSN Centre.

10. Can I transfer an ISSN to a new publisher?
An ISSN is associated with a specific publication and its publisher. In case of a change in ownership or transfer of the publication to a new publisher, a new ISSN needs to be applied for. However, the previous ISSN can be mentioned as the "former ISSN" to maintain continuity of the publication's bibliographic record.

11. Are there any copyright implications with ISSN registration?
ISSN registration does not provide copyright protection for the publication. To secure copyright, the publisher should consider other appropriate measures, such as registering the work under the Copyright Act, 1957, or obtaining a trademark for the publication's title, if applicable.

12. Can an ISSN be cancelled or revoked?
An ISSN can be cancelled or revoked in certain cases, such as when a publication ceases to exist or if false information was provided during the registration process. The National ISSN Centre holds the authority to cancel or revoke an ISSN if deemed necessary.

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