We invite you to explore the website (you'll need to register first), learn more about CISS (pronounced "kiss") and understand the benefits of managing your own ISBN logbooks at any time, from anywhere.
To register for a CISS account, all publishers, including those who have already received ISBNs in the past, are required to complete the CISS Registration Form.
To register for your CISS account, publishers enter through the Register link. This is a one-time procedure. ISBN Agency staff will review your application and will contact you if they have questions. However, you will first be directed to the Permission Form/Waiver Agreement (see below).
For those already registered, please enter through the Login link.
Once approved, your user ID and user password, and instructions for using CISS, will be sent to you by email.
Please note: mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*). These must be completed or your application will be rejected.
Before you join CISS, you will need to complete the Permissions Form/Waiver Agreement.
This permits Library and Archives Canada to reuse publisher information and item descriptions in other LAC online databases and publisher services, including the Canadian ISBN Publishers Directory, Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP), the online catalogue of publications (AMICUS) and Legal Deposit.
Publishers who agree enter their publisher profile and book information one time only. The information will be automatically made available when requesting other LAC services.
Click "I Agree" to grant permission.
To join CISS, please complete the CISS Registration Form. This will supply CISS with relevant information about your publishing company, your publisher representative (the individual user of CISS) and the items for which you need ISBNs.
The registration form has four sections:
You may return to any section at any time to add, change, or delete data you have input previously.
All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.
This section of the registration form asks for information about the publisher. This becomes the official public publisher record. Several fields in this section will be displayed in the official publisher record in the Canadian ISBN Publishers' Directory.
This is the official name of the publishing company. It is also the official name of the group, society, association, entity, corporation, centre or person that pays the printer or manufacturer to produce the publication (book, CD etc.).
"Publisher name" is not:
If you are an individual who is paying to print a title, you are a self-publisher. For self-publishers, a publisher name can be:
Street Address *
Where you would like mail to be delivered.
Enter the official address for the publisher. If you are a self-publisher, this may be a PO Box or your home address.
Complete the address information in the appropriate language for your institution. For bilingual institutions, you may enter the address in both English and French.
This information is displayed in the official publisher record in the Canadian ISBN Publishers' Directory.
Select from the drop down menu.
All new registrants must initially provide a Canadian address. Should the company/contact move to another country, the publisher can amend the information using the "Edit Publisher Info" screen but will not be assigned more ISBN's from the Canadian ISBN Agency.
Use this format: 000-000-0000.
Optional. Use this format: 000-000-0000.
Optional. Enter the official publisher website address (URL).
In the Canadian ISBN Directory, this URL is inserted as a link to the publisher's website, so that the Canadian public can discover more about the publisher's products.
Contact Person Information
This section provides information on the publisher's representative or agent, who will be the one using CISS.
This information is for internal use only. It is not displayed in the Canadian ISBN Publishers' Directory.
Enter the name of the person who will be accessing and managing the CISS ISBN account.
The contact is the primary person who manages ISBN/CISS participation.
Contact Job Title*
Select from the drop down menu.
Enter the contact's mailing address.
Select from the drop down menu.
Select from the drop down menu.
Indicate the telephone number where the contact can be reached during normal business hours. Use this format: 000-000-0000.
Enter the contact's email address. It may be different from the official email address for the publisher.
All notification messages from the Canadian ISBN Agency will be sent to this email address.
We strongly recommend that this email address be for a mailbox that can be monitored by multiple staff, to ensure that messages are not overlooked.
A publisher uses firstname.lastname@example.org as its official mailbox, while the contact person's mailbox is email@example.com.
This section provides information on the publisher's ISBN-related activities.
What was your last ISBN prefix?
What was the last ISBN assigned to you?
I don't remember
Check this box if you do not remember the last ISBN assigned to you.
How many ISBNs do you estimate you will use during the next 12 months?
Enter your best estimate.
For New Publishers
Only new publishers must complete this section.
Describe one (1) item (book, video, CD, etc.), which currently requires an ISBN. This information is required to set up your CISS account.
These bibliographic elements conform to the new ISO standard for ISBN-13 and also to BookNet Canada SilverLevel ONIX 2.1. From their CISS account, publishers may download their descriptions in XML format or in delimited text, for input into the BookNet Canada (BNC) Excel template, to exchange this data with their book trade partners. For more information on this, see the BNC ONIX Guidebook (www.booknetcanada.ca/mambo/index.php.
Type of Product*
This field refers to is the binding, media, or format of your product.
Select a product type from the drop down menu. These formats/binding categories are from the ONIX 2.1 standard.
A title that is published in several different format or binding versions must be assigned a separate ISBN for each different format/binding version.
If other, please specify
The title is the exact, formal title that will appear on the publication title page of a book, or will be prominently displayed elsewhere for other formats.
Optional. Useful for distinguishing works with the same title but different subtitles.
Enter the anticipated date of publication. Use this format: yyyy-mm-dd.
Click <Submit> when you have completed this section.
Once you have submitted your registration form, your application will be sent to the ISBN Agency. When it has been approved, we will send an email with your user name and a temporary user password to the email address you suppplied in the Contact Person Information section of the registration form. You will then be able to log on to CISS.
Small publishers not intending to submit ONIX files to larger booksellers may not need to input all the information on this page. The default information already supplied will ensure you receive your ISBN. Please read the ONIX and CISS FAQ at the bottom of the help pages for further information.
For further information:
The 13-digit ISBN will be assigned automatically once all of the mandatory fields are submitted in this screen.
The type of product being published (for example, book, CD-audio, or electronic book text). Select from the drop down menu.
Product Form Details
The specifics of the product. For example, when Product Form is Paperback, identify what type of paperback (such as mass market or trade). Select from the drop down menu.
Title or Product Name
The primary title (not subtitle).
Subtitle (if applicable)
The main topic of product (for example, fiction, religion, or science). Select from the drop-down list.
The full name of the imprint or brand under which the product is used, as it appears on the title page.
The date when the product will be available from the supplier.
The official date when the product goes on sale.
Identifies of a new product which replaces a current product.
The status of a publisher's product. Select from the drop down menu.
Number of pages NEW!
Indicates the total number of pages in a printed product. If unknown or not applicable leave value at 0.
The role played by a person or corporate body in the creation of the product. Select from the drop down menu.
Corporate Contributor Name
The name of an organization, staff, or corporate contributor.
The language of the product. Select from the drop down menu.
Measurement Type: Weight
The weight of the product, and the unit of measurement.
Measurement Type: Height and Width
The height and width of the product, and the unit of measurement.
The identification of sales rights or exclusions. Select from the drop down menu.
The country to which rights apply. Select from the drop down menu.
The name of a supplier source (a trade publisher) from which the product may be ordered.
The returns conditions. Select from the drop-down menu.
Indicates product availability from a supplier. Used by both publishers and intermediary suppliers. Select from the drop down menu.
On Sale Date
The first date a product can be placed on sale. Use this format: yyyy-dd-mm.
The quantity in each carton or binders pack in the stock currently held by the supplier.
The general discount terms of trade generally offered by a publisher.
Price Type Code NEW!
Indicates the type of price in the price amount element. The preferred usage for the Canadian market is to list the recommended retail price (RRP) without the inclusion of any sales tax.
The retail price.
A national and international currency list is provided in the drop down menu.
Certain fields have Add Buttons to the right of the heading. These allow a publisher to add additional information to the field. For example: Books in more than one language can list all languages in separate rows.
CISS users can perform the following actions:
Editing Publisher Information
Updating Item Description
Requesting an ISBN Prefix
Note: All ISBNs in your current logbook must be used before we can assign a new block.
You may logout from any screen in CISS application at any time.
If you are in the process of entering data and have not yet finished, remember to select <Save> before logging out. Since there is no automatic save feature in CISS, it is very important to save the work you enter on any CISS screen if you will be away from your workstation for a while.
For security reasons, you will be logged off CISS automatically if you have not been active in the system for 12 hours or more.
To logout, click on the <Logout> link located on the CISS toolbar.
Our service standard is the time staff will take to activate your user account and send you a user name and user ID, along with instructions on how to access your CISS account.
Our service standard is five to ten business days.
Agency staff currently serve 34,000 Canadian publishers, and many of our behind-the-scenes processes are not yet automated. Thank you for your patience.
ISBN is a free service. We make every effort to provide rush service to busy publishers who require a number in fewer than five to ten days.
Requests for rush service can be handled by contacting the ISBN Agency at 819- 994-6872.
Please ensure you provide the following information:
User ID And User Password
The <User ID> is assigned by the Canadian ISBN Agency and will be sent to the email address you supplied in the Contact Person Information section of the registration form. For security reasons, user IDs are normally 8 characters long and contain a hyphen.
Forgot your Password?
If you forget your password, contact us by telephone (866-578-7777 (select 1+7+3)) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please provide the following information:
Upon validation, you will receive your temporary CISS password by return email. Once you have this temporary password:
Do I have to join CISS everytime I need an ISBN?
What do I do when I get my prefix block of numbers?
Why do I need to fill so many fields in order to get an ISBN?
What is ONIX?
Where can I find explanations about these fields?
What if I don't plan to submit my information to booksellers?
Does it matter if the information in the default fields don't apply to my publication?
Why does CISS need to be compatible with ONIX?
What if a field is not filled in properly?
I don't have all my information yet, does that matter?