"Quarterly" publications (was: Jrnl of Multicultural Social Work) Jan Lahmeyer 28 Aug 1998 06:17 UTC

Mitch Turitz <turitz@SFSU.EDU> wrote:

> Jan Lahmeyer" <J.Lahmeyer@library.uu.nl> wrote:
> > In my view this publisher, Haworth Press (and not only that firm),
> > makes a habit of publishing four issues per volume on a so-called
> > "quarterly" basis, but the volumes are being stretched over more
> > than one year. So the meaning of "quarterly" in the English language
> > is not any more exclusively in use for something happening four times
> > a year, but the meaning is also extended to four issues per volume,
> > thanks to the world of publishers.
> It is my understanding that the motivation of some publishers to declare
> their publications as quarterly is to get the postage discount from the
> U.S. Postal Service.  If a publication is quarterly (or more frequent) it
> is eligible for a lower postage rate.  Obviously, the post office does not
> check to see if the publisher is really publishing 4 or more
> physical issues a year of every publisher's titles.
> -- Mitch
>                                                V
>            I can only please one person per day
>            Today is not your day
>            Tomorrow is not looking good either

Today is the day after yesterday, so I try to look better.

Thanks for the information above. Of course a cataloguer in European
libraries doesn't know all the ins and outs of the U.S. Postal
Service, but the reason of this policy is clear to me now. Within
this firm only the persons working in the library of the U.S. Postal
Service could "laugh" about this method of getting a postage
discount, and the other staff at the Postal Service don't have the
time to check all that.

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