Wikidata:Property proposal/ISSN-L

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Originally proposed at Wikidata:Property proposal/Creative work

   Done: ISSN-L (P7363) (Talk and documentation)
Descriptionlinking ISSN (ISSN-L) is a specific ISSN that groups the different media of the same serial publication
RepresentsLinking ISSN (Q24748985)
Data typeExternal identifier
Domainserial, Q2217301
Allowed values[0-9]{4}\-[0-9]{3}[0-9X]
Example 1Algorithms for Molecular Biology (Q15749320) → 1748-7188
Example 2Dance Research (Q5215191) → 0264-2875
Example 3Plant varieties journal → 1188-1534
Planned useImport ISSN-L and serials description from ISSN database
Expected completenessalways incomplete (Q21873886)
Formatter URL$1
See alsoISSN (P236)


An ISSN identifies a serial publication on a given media (usually print or online). Online and printed version of the same publication have 2 different ISSNs. However Wikidata uses a "one item per publication" rule, so publications with 2 distribution formats will bet 2 ISSNs. Introducing the ISSN-L in Wikidata will make it easier to have a single identifier for items corresponding to publications that have multiple distribution formats. Note that for publications that have a single distribution format, I think the ISSN and the ISSN-L are identicals.  – The preceding unsigned comment was added by Tfrancart (talk • contribs).


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Cwf97 (talk) 12:26, 23 September 2019 (EST)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Good idea. ArthurPSmith (talk) 19:09, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Simon Cobb (User:Sic19 ; talk page) 01:23, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support and reformatted examples. @Tfrancart: it would be good to shorten the description (remember that this is meant to be displayed in the property suggestion widget, when adding a new statement for instance). − Pintoch (talk) 09:11, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Moebeus (talk) 12:17, 26 September 2019 (UTC)

@Moebeus, ArthurPSmith, Cwf97, Tfrancart: ✓ Done: ISSN-L (P7363). − Pintoch (talk) 09:07, 2 October 2019 (UTC)