Guide to Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP)

Material on this page is provided as a service to self publishers, and is drawn from the National Library of Australia web site.

Self publishers should consider taking up the free service offered to publishers by the National Library of Australia to provide a bibliographic record for a book before it is published. When the book is published the CiP data is printed on the reverse side of the title page. The CiP data is also included in the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) available on Libraries Australia, Australia’s Library Network.

The purpose of Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP) is to provide cataloguing information to publishers and to libraries in advance of publication. CiP records are included in the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) available on Libraries Australia, Australia’s Library Network. The CIP data printed in the book is an abbreviated form of the on-line record.

Why have a CiP?

CiP entries are included in the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) available on Libraries Australia, Australia’s Library Network, thereby providing advance notice of new publications to libraries and the general public.

CiP information is routinely used by libraries and the publishing sector for selection and to place advance orders for new publications.

CiP data is printed in the book and may be used by libraries for cataloguing new acquisitions. Publishers can use CiP data in their internal files, trade catalogues and promotional material.

Downloads to help you understand and apply for CiP

The National Library of Australia web site at http://www.nla.gov.au/services/scopecip.html contains useful information on the scope — what publications are eligible and what publications are not eligible — for inclusion in the CiP database.

Learn about applying for a CiP at http://www.nla.gov.au/services/CIP2.html

You can apply online at http://www.nla.gov.au/services/cip_form.html

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