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 Frequently Asked Questions about ISSN Registration in India

Q.1 What is an ISSN?

An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is a unique numeric identifier assigned to a serial publication, such as a magazine, newspaper, or academic journal. It serves as a standardized code that distinguishes and identifies individual publications.

Q.2 Who issues ISSN in India?

The issuing authority for ISSN in India is the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Q.3 Why do I need an ISSN for my publication?

Having an ISSN enhances the visibility, credibility, and accessibility of your publication. It allows easy identification, indexing, and retrieval of your publication in international databases, libraries, and other platforms. It also facilitates efficient dissemination and archiving of your work.

Q.4 What types of publications are eligible for ISSN registration?

Publications that are published serially, whether print or online, are eligible for ISSN registration. This includes magazines, newspapers, journals, newsletters, annual reports, conference proceedings, bulletins, and more.

Q.5 How can I apply for an ISSN in India?

To apply for an ISSN in India, you need to fill out the online application form available on the NISCAIR website. The application requires information about your publication, including title, language, frequency of publication, publisher details, and a sample issue. You will also need to provide supporting documents like a declaration of publisher or copy of the first issue.

Q.6 What is the registration process for ISSN in India?

Once you submit the application, it is reviewed by NISCAIR for completeness and accuracy. If any clarifications or additional information is required, you will be contacted. After the scrutiny of the application, if found satisfactory, NISCAIR issues the ISSN within a reasonable time period.

Q.7 Is there a fee for ISSN registration in India?

Yes, there is a nominal fee for ISSN registration in India. The exact fee structure can be obtained from the NISCAIR website or by contacting their office.

Q.8 Can I apply for ISSN before publishing my first issue?

Yes, you can apply for ISSN before publishing your first issue. However, the ISSN will be issued only after the publication is launched and the first issue is made available.

Q.9 Is ISSN registration mandatory in India?

ISSN registration is not mandatory in India. However, it is highly recommended for all serial publications to ensure proper identification, recognition, and accessibility in the scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Q.10 How long does it take to receive the ISSN after applying?

The processing time for an ISSN application varies, but it usually takes a few weeks to a couple of months. The exact timeframe depends on different factors, including the completeness of the application and the workload of the issuing authority.

Q.11 Can I use the ISSN once it is assigned?

Once an ISSN is assigned to your publication, it can be used on all future issues and promotional materials associated with the publication. It is essential to use the ISSN accurately and consistently to maintain integrity in indexing and bibliographic records.

Q.12 What should I do if there are changes to my publication after ISSN registration?

If there are any significant changes to your publication, such as title, frequency, publisher, or format, you should inform NISCAIR promptly. They will guide you on the necessary steps to update your ISSN records to reflect the changes accurately.

Q.13 Who should I contact for more information or assistance with ISSN registration in India?

For more information or assistance with ISSN registration in India, you can contact the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR). Their contact details, including phone numbers and email addresses, can be found on their official website. 

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