Masthead (American publishing)

In American usage, a publication's masthead is a printed list, published in a fixed position in each edition, of its owners, departments, officers, contributors and address details,[1][2] which in British English usage is known as imprint.[3]

In the UK and many other Commonwealth nations, "the masthead" is a publication's designed title as it appears on the front page:[3] what, in American English, is known as the nameplate or "flag".

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  1. ^ Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary, New York 1960
  2. ^ E.g., masthead of The New York Times
  3. ^ a b The Guardian: "Newspaper terminology" Archived 2013-08-30 at WebCite Linked 2013-06-16