Readers will be familiar with the wide spread use of ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) which are assigned to almost all published books. In line with this practice, all University print-based publications should have an ISBN assigned to them prior to publication. This process is managed by the Library and largely extends to administering the allocation of ISBN numbers and maintaining documentation of our output.

Actual production of publications should be arranged by faculties and departments with USW print & design or external printers. Similarly, faculties and departments are responsible for marketing, distribution and, if necessary, sales of their publications.

When a new publication is about to go to print, please provide our systems and content manager, Wayne Morris, with the brief bibliographical details, i.e. author, title, publication date. A copy of the title page is usually sufficient. An ISBN which can be incorporated into the monograph will then be sent to you.


The ISBN should appear on the reverse of the title page, sometimes called the copyright page or the imprint page and on the outside back cover of the book. If the book has a dust jacket, the ISBN should also appear on the back of this. If the publication is not a book, the ISBN should appear on the product (tape/CD) and on the packaging or inlay card.

If you have not already done so, please insert the following Copyright and Moral Right statements on the reverse of the title page of your publication. By asserting your Moral Rights you are asserting your right to be identified as the author of this work.

This statement should appear as follows:

Copyright © University of South Wales, [year]

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publishers.

[Author/s] has/have asserted his/her/their right to be identified as the author/s of this work in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Legal deposit

It should be noted that we are legally bound to send copies of our publications to each of the following legal deposit libraries:

  • The British Library
  • The Bodleian Library, Oxford
  • The University Library, Cambridge
  • The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • The Library of Trinity College, Dublin
  • The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

In addition, we would like at least one copy for our University Library collections. For this reason, seven copies of each publication should be supplied to the Library for this purpose. Please address your copies to:

Systems and Content Manager
University of South Wales
Student Centre & Library
Room L230
CF37 1DL

Further information

You can find out more about ISBNs from the ISBN agency (external link) and legal deposit from the Agency for the Copyright Libraries (external link).