This paper was written following a session on this topic held at the 12th Annual Conference of the UKSG. By its nature the talk as given was preliminary. It was a framework in which it was hoped that there would be interaction, particularly between publishers and serials librarians. I have included the message of this interaction as perceived by me and indicated where there seemed to be a consensus and I have also mentioned where further specific information is being made available to me. Nevertheless this must be regarded still as a draft. Any attempt at standardisation must be made by appropriate representative bodies and it is hoped that they will pronounce where appropriate.Readers are invited to send to the Editor any additional views and comments they may have relating to "information on journal coversâ€ and these will be published in future issues of Serials.