Editions of Periodicals Publications
REVISED May 2006
This Customer Support Ruling discusses
how a Periodicals publication’s title may appear when the publication is prepared
in multiple editions.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 707.4.12.1, states that the
publication name must be shown on the front or cover page in a position, and in
a type, style, and size that clearly distinguishes it from the publisher’s
name or other items.
Many publications are produced in
regional editions that contain news, advertising, and other information pertinent
to a specific geographic area or target audience of readers. Often publishers wish
to retain the regional flavor and identification of such editions by placing a variation
of the publication’s authorized title in the nameplate and banner on the cover
page. As a hypothetical example, a Periodicals publication titled “Big City
Times” produces a regional edition for nearby Little City, called
“Little City Times.” The mastheads appear as follows:
Little City Edition
BIG CITY TIMES
LITTLE CITY TIMES
An Edition of Big City Times
Questions have been raised as to
whether the use of such a variation of the publication’s authorized title
complies with identification standards in DMM 707.4.12.1.
A regional name may be used on the
edition(s) of an authorized Periodicals publication under the following conditions:
- The edition’s name retains at
least one prominent element of the publication’s authorized title (e.g., “City
Times” appears prominently in the names, Big City Times and Little City
- The phrase, “An edition of (name
of authorized Periodicals publication)” appears in the banner or nameplate
of the publication on the first cover page.
- The authorized title of the publication
appears in the identification statement of all editions.
- The original entry postmaster is notified
in writing of the titles used for all editions.
- The authorized title and the name
of the edition are noted on each postage statement.
It is recommended, but not required,
that the names of all editions be shown in the masthead on the editorial page of
the Periodicals publication.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436