IPA helps develop international standards for content identification, description and the facilitation of e-commerce with a view to promoting open, non-proprietory standards that can easily be implemented by large and small publishers around the world.


  • W3C (ACAP, accessibility)
  • ISO (ISBN, ISSN, ISTC, DOI): ISO TC 46 SC 9 is the technical name for the working group run through the International Standards Organisation (ISO) that develops and maintains ISO standards on the identification and description of information resources.
    • ISBN: 166 countries and territories are officially ISBN members. IPA is an observer on the International ISBN Agency Board.
    • ISSN: The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an eight-digit number which identifies all periodical publications as such, including electronic serials.


  • EDITEUR (ONIX, ONIX for Books, ONIX for Serials, ONIX for Licensing Terms)
    • ONIX: ONIX is a family of electronic messaging standards for the communication of book industry product information that share common elements. IPA is an active member of Editeur