A bibliographic code (CODEN) is a six-character code that identifies the titles of periodicals and non-serial publications, and is used as a search tool in many bibliographic catalogues.

The first four characters of the six-character CODEN are taken from the initial letters of the words from a title, followed by a fifth letter- one of the first six letters (A-F) of the alphabet. The sixth character is an alphanumeric check character calculated from the preceding letters. CODEN always uses capital letters.

The CODEN Generator generates six-character, alphanumeric bibliographic codes.

The dialog box of the CODEN Generator contains some of the Basic Settings. You can customize the generator by changing the basic settings.

Custom Settings


Specify a separator to be included between the groups of digits. By default, digits are separated by hyphens.