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Issues to be included / excluded - Business Magazines

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Definition

All published issues for which the majority of the distribution took place within the Reporting Period must be included except for any issues allowed to be excluded according to this section.  

Principles

  1. All issues published in the Reporting Period must be included

  2. Published issues that are allowed to be excluded according to this section may be removed from the average circulation figure

  3. Issues allowed to be excluded from the average circulation figure will be reported

 

Requirements | Reporting | Guidance


Requirements 

1. All issues published in the Reporting Period must be included

  1. Whether an issue is included in the Reporting Period is determined by the date by which 50% of the claimed distribution is distributed/made available. For each component of distribution the date distributed/made available is determined as follows:

    1. Mailed copies: The date the copies enter the distribution chain, i.e. when they are posted or delivered to a courier.

    2. Paid copies: The first date the copies are made available to the consumer, i.e. for retail sales the first official on sale date.

    3. Copies made available for pick up by consumer: The date the copies are made available/handed out to the consumer.

    4. Free Digital Edition copies: The date email notifications are sent. 

2. Published issues that are allowed to be excluded according to this section may be removed from the average circulation figure  

  1. There are certain circumstances under which you may exclude an issue from the reported circulation. The circumstances and information surrounding any exclusion are subject to audit.

  2. ABC granted exclusion:  You may exclude an issue for which we have issued an exclusion note. You can apply for an ABC granted exclusion if:

    1. Due to circumstances outside your control the achieved auditable distribution of an issue is less than planned, resulting in a reduction in the publication’s average circulation greater than 0.5%.

    2. You submit your application to us before you submit your circulation Return, including details of the issue concerned, its distribution date, the planned and achieved distribution and the reason for the shortfall.

    3. If we do not issue an exclusion note we will issue a rejection notice detailing the reason for rejection.

 3. Issues allowed to be excluded from the average circulation figure will be reported

  1. Any issues excluded from the reported circulation will be reported on the Certificate. 

 


Reporting

You will report the following which will be reported on the ABC Certificate:

  1. Number of issues included in the circulation claim.

  2. Details of any issues excluded from the circulation claim, including for each:

    1. The general reason for exclusion.

    2. The total net circulation.

 


Guidance

No additional guidance.