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information from the British Library

The Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP)

The Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) Programme alerts libraries and other book buyers to forthcoming titles in advance of publication. The British Library contracts an outside agency (currently Bibliographic Data Services Limited) to gather information from publishers on their future titles. A standardised catalogue record for each title is then created to include the author, title, publisher, date of publication, price, and ISBN. Name headings are authority controlled. Library of Congress Subject Headings and Dewey Decimal Classification numbers are added to enable subject access. Up to 16 weeks in advance of publication, these CIP records are added to a range of British Library products and services which are available to public, academic and other libraries, and bibliographic information providers and agencies worldwide. Acquisitions librarians routinely use CIP information in order to place advance orders for new titles.

The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is an internationally accepted code which identifies the title of serial publications. It is an eight digit number consisting of seven digits plus a check digit which enables a computer to recognise when the number is incorrectly cited. The check digit may be an X, otherwise the ISSN is fully numeric.

The ISSN is not connected with ownership of the journal, nor does it confer copyright or protect the title of the serial from use by other publishers. The ISSN is not related to legal deposit. Under the Copyright Act of 1911, as amended by the British Library Act of 1972, all publications, including individual issues of serials, must be deposited with the British Library whether they carry an ISSN or not.

Legal Deposit 

Publishers and distributors in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland have a legal obligation to send one copy of each of their publications to the Legal Deposit Office of the British Library within one month of publication.

The right of the British Library to receive one copy of every publication distributed in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland is based on the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 and the Irish Copyright Act 1963 (currently being replaced by similar provisions in the Copyright and Related Rights Bill of 1999).