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PUBLICATION-RELATED QUESTIONS

What is Almanac's Publication Schedule? Click here to see the schedule.

What is the history of Almanac?

Almanac is the weekly publication of record and opinion for the University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff, with news and service functions—such as calendar posters and special reports—that extend its readership to students and special audiences such as alumni and neighbors. Founded as a four-page monthly in 1953, Almanac now issues 8-28 pages weekly during the academic year, most often 16 pages a week, publishing as-needed during breaks and producing Special Bulletins during emergencies or for special occasions. Its normal circulation is 8,000.

The publication is funded by the University's Office of the President but reports editorially to an Almanac Advisory Board on which the representatives from the Faculty Senate, three staff Assemblies and the Administration monitor open expression and right-of-reply for those criticized in the pages.

What are Almanac’s Publication Policies? Click here to read our Publication Policies.

How can I place a classified ad in Almanac?

Almanac publishes both University and personal classified ads in print and online. An ad can be submitted by email, fax, or mail (see contact information below). The cost is $ .60 per word, per week. Payment is accepted by cash, or check made out to the "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" or by submitting your department's 26-digit budget code. Submissions are due every Thursday, for the following Tuesday's issue (depending on availability of space). Please limit ads to 70 words.

email: almanac@upenn.edu
FAX: (215) 898-9137

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111

SUBSCRIPTION-RELATED QUESTIONS

How often is Almanac published?

Almanac comes out each Tuesday during the academic year, except during breaks and once in mid-July. The monthly AT PENN calendars are generally published in the issue that comes out the last Tuesday of the month. Almanac will begin publishing weekly starting with the August 26 issue. Submissions for that issue and the September AT PENN calendar are due no later than August 12, space permitting.

Where can I find a hard copy of Almanac on campus?

Normally Almanac is distributed in bundles to University buildings, where each department chooses its own system for further distribution. To find out how the system works, try the departmental secretary first, or the head of the school or building mailroom.

Copies of Almanac may also be found at Houston Hall, College Hall and the Franklin Building.

How can I subscribe to the hard copy of Almanac, if I'm not on campus? Call the office at (215) 898-5274. Please consider our electronic versions as well.

How can my Penn department receive Almanac?

Any department on campus can regularly receive copies of Almanac through intramural mail. To do so, send us the department name, a contact person, mailing address including the mail code, and how many copies are needed (i.e. 1-5 or multiples of 10, up to 100). If at any time you wish to change how many copies you’re receiving just call or email us with the changes.

In addition to the website, Almanac is also available in these other electronic formats.

  • E-Almanac is a free email notifying you when there is a new issue of Almanac, the AT PENN calendar or an 'Almanac Between Issues' item on our website. The email will include teasers linked to the newly posted material. Subscribe to E-Almanac.
  • RSS RSS: RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a way to distribute new content to users of RSS readers or news aggregators directly to your computer and other web-enabled devices. RSS feeds are XML files that generally contain simple headlines or titles and brief descriptions; if a user wishes to read more about a particular item, they click on the link to go to the corresponding website. Subscribe to the RSS Feed.
  • Mobile version: Access the complete issue of Almanac your mobile device by choosing "Almanac" under the category of "News" from the mobile site's homepage, http://m.upenn.edu

What is Express Almanac and how can I subscribe?

Express Almanac is a weekly email that notifys you when there is a new issue of Almanac, the AT PENN calendar or an 'Almanac Between Issues' item on our website. The email will include links to the newly posted material. Click here to subscribe to E-Almanac.

How can I change or unsubscribe from the Express Almanac? Click here for instructions.

How can I change my mailing address of my off-campus subscription?

If you need to change your mailing address, please call Almanac staff at (215) 898-5274 or email almanac@upenn.edu

How can I change my on-campus subscription information?

To change your on-campus subscription information, simply update and return the 8.5" x 11" label that is attached to your bulk mailing. If your department doesn't receive a label, please call Almanac staff at (215) 898-5274 or email almanac@upenn.edu

How can I receive extra copies of Almanac?

If you'd like extra copies of Almanac please call Almanac staff at (215) 898-5274 or email almanac@upenn.edu

SEARCHING ALMANAC

How can I search Almanac's website to find an article or photo?

Click here for Search Tips. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please call our office for assistance at (215) 898-5274 or send an email to almanac@upenn.edu. Almanac also has a digital archive of images published in a higher resolution.

How can I find an article that was published prior to July 1995 (pre-web)?

Almanac pre-web issues from the academic years spanning 1995 to the 1950s are available in a searchable PDF format at www.upenn.edu/almanac/issues/archive.html. Issues published since the advent of the WWW are available in both PDF and HTML formats, along with the AT PENN calendars and supplements.

INTERNET BROWSER AND OTHER TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

How can I change my browser’s font size?

Use the Help function on your browser's toolbar for assistance.

Note: Graphics with words inside cannot be resized (such as banners, logos and pictures). Increasing the text size will also show less text on each page, so you may need to scroll down to view all of the text. Also, modifying font size will alter the layout and design of the pages you view to facilitate the larger text.

PRINTING THE AT PENN CALENDAR:

NOTE: The AT PENN calendar is intended to be printed on 11 x 17 paper for best readability. Printing the calendar from Adobe Reader is recommended, but the calendar can also be printed from within certain browsers or preview programs.

To print the calendar on 11 x 17 paper (publication size):

1. Click on the link or thumbnail image of the PDF version of the calendar. Download the calendar to your desktop.
2. Open the calendar in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, visit the Adobe website to download the application.
3. From the Menu Bar, select File then Print.
4. In the Print Window, select Page Setup (Mac) or Print Setup (PC).
5. In the Paper Size drop down menu, select 11 x 17.
6. Click Ok and then Print.

To print the calendar on 8 1/2 x 14 paper:

1. Click on the link or thumbnail image of the PDF version of the calendar. Download the calendar to your desktop.
2. Open the calendar in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, visit the Adobe website to download the application.
3. From the Menu Bar, select File then Print.
4. In the Print Window, select Page Setup (Mac) or Print Setup (PC).
5. In the Paper Size drop down menu, select US Legal, Legal or Executive.
6. Change the Scale to 80%.
6. Click Ok and then Print.

To print the calendar on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (standard paper):

1. Click on the link or thumbnail image of the PDF version of the calendar. Download the calendar to your desktop.
2. Open the calendar in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, visit the Adobe website to download the application.
3. From the Menu Bar, select File then Print.
4. In the Print Window, select Page Setup (Mac) or Print Setup (PC).
5. In the Paper Size drop down menu, select US Letter.
6. Change the Scale to 65%.
6. Click Ok and then Print.


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