Notice concerning Matters Related to Publishing Houses Also Engaging in Self-Funded Publishing Business

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The Ministry of Culture Party Group “Report concerning Cautiously Dealing with Issues on Collective and Individual Applications for the Establishment of Publishers”, approved by the Central Propaganda Department, put forward: “In order to resolve the issue that the capacity for individual academic research work publishing is insufficient, we intend to recommend the self-funded publishing pilot scheme experience of the Shanghai Xuelin Publishing House, and approve that a number of publishers meeting conditions, on the basis of completing their book publishing plans, appropriately undertake the self-funded publishing tasks of some worthy academic works. But publishers are still responsible for political examination tasks”. No. 2 of “Publishing Work” of 1985 already published the Xuelin Publishing House “One Experiment in Publishing Reform – Knowledge from a Pilot Scheme on Self-Funded Publishing”. All relevant publishers are requested to earnestly research this.

Hereby, the following matters are notified as follows.

I, Self-funded publishing is a supplementary book publishing channel. Publishers may, under the precondition of completing their book publishing plans, and on the basis of their editorial strength and printing strength, appropriately arrange for self-funded publishing work. Self-funded publishing manuscripts shall conform to the work division scope of the publisher, theme selection shall be listed in the publisher’s annual book publishing plan (clearly indicating self-funded publishing items), and after examination and approval by the higher-level controlling department, be reported to our Ministry’s Publishing Bureau for filing. If there are newly added topic selections outside of the plan, it shall be additionally reported.

II, Self-funded manuscripts are mainly limited to not-for-profit academic works. Publishers must implement the policy of letting a hundred flowers bloom, and a hundred schools contend, foster different academic viewpoints and schools, and especially innovative academic achievements. Non-academic manuscript, if they have a certain commemorative value and healthy content, are also appropriate for publishing arrangement.

III, During self-funded publishing, manuscript content is the responsibility of the author. But publishers must be responsible for political inspection, and persist in certain quality requirements. Those meeting conditions may be allocated certain manuscript examination forces.

IV, Self-funded publishing falls under not-for-profit publishing business, publishers generally may charge different and appropriate management fees on the basis of the academic value of the work and economic strength

V, Writers and publishers shall set up contract systems. In the contract, the responsibilities of each are to be clearly indicated. Print runs, distribution methods and scope, publishing fee collection and payment, etc., must all be written into the contract after both sides determine them. All self-funded publications that are distributed shall be marked with a fixed price according to State provisions. Those that are not distributed are marked “not for sale”.

VI, At present, there is only experience on self-funded publishing in the one location of Shanghai, other localities’ conditions are nit quite the same, this is still a stage of feeling about, and therefore, the covered area should not be overly large. Apart from the Shanghai Xuelin Publishing House, all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities may appoint one publishing house through the local publishing bureau (publisher) to try out self-funded publishing business. All publishers directly subordinate to Central ministries and commissions, if they meet conditions, which want to to try out self-funded publishing business, may apply for this with our Ministry’s Publishing Bureau.

 

文化部关于出版社兼办自费出版业务有关事项的通知
经中央宣传部批准的文化部党组《关于慎重处理集体个体申请建立出版社问题 的报告》提出:“为了解决个人学术研究著作出版容量不足的问题,我们准备介绍上海学林出版社试办自费出版的经验,批准部分有条件的出版社,在完成本社出书计划的基础上,适当地承担一些有价值的学术著作的自费出版任务。但出版社仍负有在政治上审查的责任。”1985年第2期《出版工作》已发表学林出版社的《出版改革的一项试验--试办自费出版的体会》。请各有关出版社认真加以研究。

现再将有关事项通知如下:

一、自费出版是一条补充的出书渠道。出版社可以在完成本社出书计划的前提下,根据编辑力量和印制力量、适当安排自费出版业务。自费出版的书稿应当符合本社出书的分工范围,选题应列入出版社年度出书计划(注明自费出版项目),报上级主管部门审批后,送我部出版局备查。若有新增的计划外选题,应当补报。

二、自费出版的书稿主要限于非赢利性的学术著作。出版社要贯彻百花齐放、百家争鸣的方针,扶植学术上的不同观点和学派,特别是有创新的学术成果。对于非学术性书稿,如确有一定的纪念价值且内容健康的,也可适当安排出版。

三、在自费出版中,书稿内容由作者负责。但出版社必须负责政治上的审查,并且坚持一定的质量要求。有条件的可配备相应的审稿力量。

四、自费出版属于非赢利性出版业务,出版社一般可根据书稿的学术价值和作者的经济力量酌收适量的管理费用。

五、作者和出版社应建立合同制度。在合同中,明确各自的责任。印数、发行方式和范围、出版费用的收取和支付等,都须由双方商定后写入合同中。自费出版物,凡发行的,应按国家规定印明定价。不发行的,则印明“非卖品”。

六、目前自费出版只有上海一地的经验,其他地方条件不尽相同,尚处在摸索阶段,因此铺开的面不宜过大。除上海学林出版社外,各省、自治区、直辖市可由所在出版局(社)指定一家出版社试办自费出版业务。中央各部委直属出版社,如条件具备要求试办自费出版业务的,可向我部出版局申请。

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