An ISSN record represents the authority record for a continuing resource title [See also section 4. ISSN record]. An ISSN record has different statuses depending how and when they were created, and for which resource:


  • Confirmed records correspond to resources whose publication has been checked by the ISSN Network.


  • Provisional records correspond to provisional ISSN that may be assigned to pre-publications; they are liable to become Confirmed records.


  • Legacy records were created at the infancy of the ISSN Register; their bibliographic data is incomplete and not up-to-date.


  • Cancelled records correspond to cancelled ISSN, e.g. if an ISSN was mistakenly assigned twice, it is then cancelled and a new ISSN is re-assigned.


  • Suppressed records correspond to ISSN that were deleted, generally because the resource described is not a continuing resource or has never been published.


  • Unreported records correspond to identifiers not yet assigned and that are not (yet) reported to the ISSN International Centre.


Type of records Free user Publisher Corporate user Network user
Confirmed X X X X
Provisional   X
for the resources under their responsibility
Other (Legacy, Cancelled, Suppressed, Unreported)   X X X