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ISBNs and legal deposit: Requirements for SA Health publications

Understanding ISBNs and legal deposit

The library provides advice and assistance with publishing SA Health documents - from obtaining an ISBN to meeting legal deposit requirements. 

Requesting an ISBN

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique 13-digit number used to identify a specific version of a book or other written item. ISBNs are not mandatory, and do not provide copyright on a work, but they are very useful when it comes to accurate searching and identification of items. 

If your SA Health publication is written for the public (for example, an annual report or strategic plan) it should have an ISBN allocated to it, and the ISBN should be included in the final published version. 

However, most internal SA Health documents do not require an ISBN, even if they are publicly available on the website. For more information about whether your document needs an ISBN, please view the FAQ: When do I need an ISBN?

Obtaining an ISBN

To have an ISBN allocated to your publication, or to discuss whether you need an ISBN, please contact the library.

If you already know that your publication will need an ISBN, we recommend putting through your request when at the final draft stage, so that the allocated ISBN can be added prior to publication.

Legal deposit requirements

All print publications in South Australia must have copies lodged with various sites by law. When printing is complete, send seven copies of your document to the library and we will take care of the rest of the process. Send copies to:

Attn: Legal Deposit Team
Royal Adelaide Hospital Library
1 Port Road
Adelaide SA 5000 

Or via courier to: 

Attn: Legal Deposit Team
Royal Adelaide Hospital Library
DX 800

Further information & advice

For additional information about obtaining an ISBN or meeting legal deposit requirements, please contact the library.