Ask for an ISBN

In case you want to publish a book or a report and you need an ISBN, please contact us.

The CERN library can allocate an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to material produced by CERN authors and published by CERN.

Some examples of items an ISBN should be allocated to

  • Printed books and pamphlets
  • Book readings on cassettes
  • Computer software
  • Educational videos
  • Multimedia kits containing printed material
  • Online publications as advised by the ISBN Agency

A detailed list of items to which an ISBN should (and should not) be allocated can be found in Section 3 of the ISBN Users’ Manual.

Moreover, if you are publishing the same material in different formats (for example hardback printed book, paperback printed book, EPUB, PDF, etc.) we will allocate an ISBN to each format. See below for more information on ISBN display on your publication.

When we do not allocate ISBNs

Please be aware that we can only allocate an ISBN to CERN publications and that we will not allocate ISBNs to publications about experiments which have not yet been approved by CERN.

If you are a student who wants an ISBN for his/her thesis, we suggest that you forward your request directly to your university.

If you are a CERN author publishing with a publisher other than CERN, the ISBN will be allocated by the chosen publisher.

Finally, if you are thinking about self-publishing your book, please contact us for advice.

Which information we need

In order to allocate the ISBN to your material we need to know:

  • Title
  • Product form (printed book, ebook etc.)
  • Contributor
  • Edition
  • Language
  • Publisher
  • Country of publication
  • Publication date

Where to show the ISBN

The ISBN must appear on the item itself.

In the case of printed publications, the ISBN must appear on the:

  • Verso of the title page (copyright page)
  • Foot of the title page, if there is no space on the title verso
  • Lower section of the outside back cover
  • Foot of the back of the jacket, or any other protective case, or wrapper

In the case of electronic publications, the ISBN must appear on the:

Title display; the first display (compact disk, online publications); or on the screen that displays the title or its equivalent (e.g., the initial screen displayed when the content is first accessed and/or on the screen that carries the copyright notice).

For further details please consult the ISBN Users’ Manual.

When different formats are made available separately, all the ISBNs should be listed one below the other on all versions and the abbreviated format should be mentioned in parentheses at the end of its ISBN.

ISBN 978-92-9083-411-3 (hardback)
ISBN 978-92-9083-423-4 (paperback)
ISBN 978-92-9083-455-9 (PDF)
ISBN 978-92-9083-503-3 (EPUB with DRM)

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