Editorial Policy - Letters to the Editor


Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor is a regular and vital column for The American Philatelist. Readers are

encouraged to share their comments, questions and feedback in the form of letters, which can

be submitted electronically (lettertotheeditor@stamps.org) or via mail to: Editor, The American

Philatelist, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823.

Submission of a letter to the editor implies consent to publish (unless the writer expressly

indicates that the letter is not for publication). All letters to the editor become the property of

The American Philatelist and the decision regarding publication of the letter lies solely with the

editor. Generally, letters will be published except in the following situations:

the letter is known or determined to be factually incorrect;

the letter is known or determined to plagiarize the work of other writers;

the letter contains material determined by the editor to be offensive and/or

disrespectful, especially when pertaining to a group's or individual's ethnicity,

gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation or race;

the letter is confusing or based on unclear points;

the letter contains crude, suggestive, profane or otherwise offensive language;

the letter contains endorsements for or complaints about individually named

commercial products or services;

the content of the letter is deemed by the editor to contain potentially libelous or

slanderous material;

the letter contains personal tributes, attacks or thank-yous;

the letter substantially repeats a letter previously selected for publication;

the letter is submitted anonymously or under a pseudonym;

the letter pertains to a timely topic and was submitted too late to be of sufficient


the letter is largely unrelated to philately.

Letters are edited for clarity, fact checked and sometimes trimmed to fit the space available in

the journal. The opinions expressed are always the writer's own. Due to space considerations

and in the interests of clarity of communication, letters to the editor should be no more than

500 words.

The American Philatelist endeavors to promote dialog and an exchange of ideas. Therefore, we

may notify authors of articles and letters to the editor when we receive a response to their

published work, and they will be offered an opportunity to reply. We will notify letter writers

that their letter has garnered a response, but due to space and timing considerations we will

defer further additional replies until the next issue. We ask that author replies be limited to 500


Writers are expected to disclose any personal or financial interest in the subject of letters


Letters from readers who are not members of the American Philatelic Society are welcomed;

however, letters are generally only published when received from a member in good standing.

Revised 1 January 2018

The APS/APRL are non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code

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