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PGCS Coding Details

Simple, precise and better-than-half self-explanatory!

Example PGCS Code – A10023N1998FB14 (fictitious)
Code Component Explanation Meaning
A Geographic area USA
10023 Name/location of paper News – Buffalo, NY
N Circulation/frequency 100M-500M circulation daily
1998 Year 1998
FB Month of publication February
14 Day of publication 14th

Coding Format

Recognizing global marketing and communication growth, PGCS is designed to provide these 6-part codes for
each publication – for obituary coding & other purposes – on a worldwide basis.

Geographic Area
Code Country Options
A United States B, C, D
E Balance of North America F, G, H
J South America K, L
M Europe N, P, R
S Asia T, U
V Africa W, X
Y Australia/Pacific Z

Name/Location of Paper
The numeric code will be consecutive – with 100,000 numbers available to identify
publications within EACH geographic region.

Circulation Daily * Weekly** Monthly Other
Under 10,000 A B C D
10,000 – 49,999 E F G H
50,000 – 99,999 J K L M
100,000 – 499,999 N P R S
Over 500,000 T U V W
Other newspapers X
Magazines Y
Other Z

Daily * = MF, MFSa, MFSu, or MFSaSu
Weekly ** = Less than Daily but more than Monthly

Years will use all four numbers. For example: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, etc.

Month of Publication
Months will be 2-letters only. Use “JA” for January and 1st & 3rd letters for other months.
Month Code
January JA
February FB
March MR
April AR
May MY
June JN
July JL
August AG
September SP
October OT
November NV
December DC

Day of Publication
Days will use two numbers only.   Example: 01, 02, 03, 04, ...  29, 30, 31.

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