ISSN Assigned for CE:

The ISSN UK Centre has issued an International Standard Serial Number for Current Epigraphy, effective 8 March 2007:

ISSN 1754-0909 (Online)

About Tom Elliott

Tom is Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Tom holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Ancient History from UNC. His master's thesis treated a class of late Roman census documents from the Aegean islands and Asia Minor. His dissertation assembled and analyzed the epigraphic evidence for boundary disputes in the early Roman empire.
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2 Responses to ISSN Assigned for CE:

  1. Peter Head says:

    I am curious as to the benefits (and costs?) of having a blog registered with an ISSN.

  2. This is a good question. To answer the second part first: registering an ISSN should cost nothing, you do it through a deposit library or similar (we did it through the BL, for example). If you publish a serial and can demonstrate that it is not of merely local or ephemeral interest, they should assign you an ISSN. (Some registrars apparently will object to assigning an ISSN to a blog; see for some discussion of and responses to such an objection.)

    You first question, however, is less obvious. What do you gain by registering an ISSN? What does any serial gain from same? Recognition, a certain official status, the right to be archived and indexed by a deposit library, etc. To quote Joe Clark again, “Your blog will then officially exist in the worldwide standardized encyclopedia of periodicals.”
    There may be more to discuss on this question. Tom, do you have anything to add?

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