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Issues to be included / excluded - ROI Consumer 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. Use the following flowchart to determine if an issue must be included in the ABC claim:

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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 distribution of an issue fails to achieve the planned level of distribution and that shortfall is greater than 10% of the planned distribution; or

      • The planned level of distribution is achieved but is severely delayed, resulting in a shortfall in the Actively Purchased sale* and that shortfall is greater than 10% of the average of the previous four issues’ actively purchased sales figures*.        *(print and Digital Edition combined)

      • The planned level of distribution is achieved but is severely delayed or withdrawn prematurely from sale, resulting in a shortfall in the Actively Purchased sale and that shortfall is greater than 10% of the average of the previous four issues’ actively purchased sales figures.

    2. You submit your application to us using an ABC Exclusion Note Request Form.

    1. 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 the general reason for exclusion.

 


Guidance

No additional guidance.