Other identifiers

Digital Object Identifier

Managed by the International DOI Foundation, the DOI provides a system to support persistent identification of content objects and related entities in digital networks. The DOI is an International Standard (ISO 26324).

ISBN-A

ISBN-A is a service that allows an ISBN to be expressed in the DOI system by including it in the syntax string of a DOI. This enables that ISBN to become actionable or clickable on the web. The ISBN-A always identifies the same product as the corresponding ISBN. ISBN-As do not exist automatically for each ISBN since they must be requested and registered in the DOI system. ISBN-A are available from national ISBN Agencies that are also DOI Registration Agencies.

The following ISBN Agencies also offer an ISBN-A service:
Austria (under a cooperative agreement with MVB who operate the Germany ISBN Agency)
Germany
Italy
Switzerland (for publishers in German-speaking Switzerland under a cooperative agreement with MVB who operate the Germany ISBN Agency)

International Standard Music Number

The International Standard Music Number (ISO 10957) identifies publications consisting of musical notation whether for sale, hire or gratis. The registration authority for the ISMN is the International ISMN Agency.

International Standard Name Identifier

Published in March 2012 as a new International Standard, the International Standard Name Identifier will enable the public identities of parties involved in media content industries to be uniquely identified so that they can be clearly disambiguated where otherwise there might be doubt. The parties to be identified may be involved in any stage of activity from creation, to production, management and content distribution chains and can be a natural or legal person, fictional character or groups of such parties. 

International Standard Serial Number

The International Standard Serial Number (ISO 3297) identifies serial publications and other continuing resources, whether available in print or digital formats. The registration authority for the ISSN is the ISSN International Centre.

International Standard Text Code

The International Standard Text Code (ISTC) was published as an International Standard (ISO 21047) in February 2009 and is a numbering system supporting the unique identification of textual works. The different manifestations of a work (e.g. a paperback book, filmscript, e-book) can be associated with the original textual work through the ISTC. 

The registration authority for the ISTC is the International ISTC Agency.