What is an ISBN?

An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format of a book.

ISBN registration

Who and how?

Maastricht University PhD students and staff can ask the library to register an ISBN for their theses or other UM publications. There are no costs involved. Registration and approval take about 3 working days. We send the requested ISBN via e-mail.

Application form