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Nameplate of the Mining and Scientific Press in 1885
Nameplate of The Rensselaer Polytechnic student newspaper

In American usage, a periodical publication's nameplate is its designed title as it appears on the front page or cover. In the United Kingdom, as well as in many other Commonwealth nations, this is known as the publication's masthead.[1][2]

In American usage, the term masthead refers to a printed list – published in a fixed position in each edition of a periodical – of its owners, departments, officers, and address details.[3][4] This same feature is in British English usage referred to as the periodical's imprint.[1]


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