American University of Beirut

ISBN Request

​​​​​​The AUB Press is responsible for issuing ISBNs for publications from AUB. To ensure that you receive an ISBN on time, make sure to send your submission 2 weeks before your publication date. Ensure you include the full title and subtitle of the publication, names of the authors or editors, date of expected publication, and format. For a list of items that are eligible for an ISBN, refer to the International ISBN Agency's web​site​.

​ISBNs cannot be issued retroactively for publications that have already been released.

Kindly note that digital editions and print editions of publications require separate ISBNs, as do hardcover and paperback editions of the same book. Updated editions of the same publication also require separate ISBNs. Make sure that you select the option in the form that fits your needs. If you are not sure what option to select, contact us for assistance.
The ability of the Press to issue ISBNs free of charge is due to its membership with the Syndicate of Publishers Union in Lebanon and the arrangement with the Ministry of Culture whereby a number of copies of publications that have received ISBNs, be they print or digital, must be submitted to the Ministry. It is therefore a non-negotiable requirement for 8 copies of each print edition of a publication to be submitted to the AUB Press upon release. ​

These copies are used for the following:
          • 5 for the Ministry of Culture
          • 2 for the AUB University Libraries
          • 1 for the AUB Press archive

A final downloadable copy of digital editions must also be submitted to the AUB Press. Departments and individuals who do not ensure that the required copies are submitted will be responsible for any fines or fees levied by the Ministry of Culture.

The ISBN is an identifier and does not convey any form of legal or copyright protection. For legal or copyright protection, a copyright page with the required information must be placed. If you need assistance or a usable copyright page in English or Arabic, kindly contact us.

Journals and publication serials require ISSNs (NOT ISBNs) and are special requests that need to be made to an external agency. Such requests take up to 2 months, depending on the response rate of the ISSN Internation​​al Center in Paris. Each ISSN is purchased once; its price is set by the ISSN International Center upon submitting the request. For more information or to send in an application, refer to the ISSN International Center Website​.​

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