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