(Promulgated on 24 November 1988 by the Administration of Press and Publications”
Chapter I: General Principles
Article 1: In order to stimulate the flourishing and development of the Socialist science and culture undertaking, strengthen the administrative management of periodicals, and make periodicals serve the construction of a Socialist material civilization and spiritual civilization even better, these Regulations are formulated.
Article 2: Periodicals as named in these Regulations, refers to continuous publications having a fixed name, using serial numbering with volumes and numbers, or years and months, in complete copies.
Article 3: All periodicals that have undergone examination, verification and approval by the administrative management department for press and publications, have performed registration formalities, have obtained a “Periodical Registration Certificate” and are entered into the “Domestic Uniform Periodical Numbering System”, are considered to be official periodicals. The distribution of official periodicals is divided into two categories, “open” and “internal”. Openly distributed official periodicals may solicit subscriptions or be sold domestically and abroad; internally distributed official periodicals can only solicit subscriptions or be distributed in a domestic, determined scope, they may not be openly subscribed to, displayed or sold in society, and it is prohibited to distribute them abroad.
Article 4: All informative, non-commercial internal periodicals having an “Internal Periodical Approval Certificate” that are used for guiding work, exchanging experience, sharing information in their system or work unit, and that are exchanged internally in a sector, are named “non-official periodicals”. Non-official periodicals are not listed into the “Domestic Uniform Periodical Numbering System”, they may not be openly distributed or displayed, they may not be sold, they may not engage in any commercial activity.
Article 5: No periodical may carry the following content:
(1) inciting subversion of the people’s democratic dictatorship regime and the Socialist system, division of the state or inciting rebellion or riots;
(2) inciting opposition against the Chinese Communist Party;
(3) inciting resistance or destruction of the implementation of the Constitution or laws;
(4) exposing State secrets, harming national security or damaging national interests;
(5) inciting ethnic or racial discrimination or hatred, destroying ethnic unity;
(6) propagating violence, obscenity, sex or instigating crime;
(7) slandering or insulting other persons;
(8) impairing the fair trial of cases by the judicial departments;
(9) other content prohibited for publication by laws.
Article 6: In periodical management, a method integrating system-separated management and specialized management by administrative press and publications management departments is implemented, the all Central Committee and State Council ministries and commissions, all directly-subordinate organs, all democratic parties, people’s organizations and all local systems shall earnestly manage periodicals run by themselves and their subordinate work units; all periodicals shall also accept guidance and management from the administrative press and publications management departments.
Chapter II: Periodical examination and approval
Article 7: To set up an official periodical, the following conditions shall be met:
(1) having a purpose conform to the provisions of the Constitution, serving the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization or material civilization;
(2) having a determined sponsoring work unit and a clear specialization scope and editorial policy;
(3) having a higher-level controlling department realistically bearing leadership responsibility;
(4) having complete editorial departments, having full-time editors-in-chief conform to the requirement of the specialization and a certain number of full-time editors;
(5) having the necessary funding, fixed business premises and printing work units.
Article 8: For setting up official periodicals, a letter of application shall be submitted according to the requirements of Article 6 of these Regulations, and important matters, such as the name, publishing period, size, writing length, distribution scope, etc., must be described clearly, this is reported for approval after examination and verification of the controlling department.
Article 9: All Central Committee and State Council ministries and committees, all directly subordinate organs, all democratic parties, people’s organizations and their subordinate work units setting up official periodicals (including entrustment of periodicals run by local work units), are to be classified according to the discipline of the periodical after agreement of the controlling ministry or commission, directly subordinate organ, democratic party or people’s organization leading organ, those falling under social sciences are reported to the Administration for Press and Publications for examination and approval; those falling under the natural sciences or technology are reported to the National Commission for Science and Technology, and within the quota determined by the Administration of Press and Publications in consultation with the National Commission for Science and Technology, are checked and approved by the National Commission for Science and Technology and are reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing; official periodicals set up in the Liberation Army system, are reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing after examination and approval by the Liberation Army General Political Department, those falling under the natural science or technology category among these must also be reported to the National Commission for Science and Technology for filing.
Article 10: Local work units setting up official periodicals, where they fall under the social sciences, applications are put forward by the controlling department to the provincial-level press and publications bureau, and are verified and approved within the quota determined by the Administration of Press and Publications; where they fall under the natural sciences or technology, applications are put forward by the controlling department to the provincial-level science and technology commission and the press and publications bureau, and after joint examination and verification, are verified and approved within the quota determined by the Administration of Press and Publications. In all cases, before verification and approval, the periodical name must be checked with the Administration of Press and Publications Periodical Bureau, and they must be reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing; the natural sciences and technology ones must also be reported to the National Commission for Science and Technology for filing.
Article 11: Where two or more work units jointly run periodicals, one main sponsoring work unit and controlling department are to be determined, and one department must report for approval; where Central Committee work units and local work units jointly run periodicals (including those run under entrustment of local work units), the Central Committee work unit will handle matters according to the Central Committee work unit.
Article 12: Periodicals run jointly with a foreign side, in all cases where they are distributed under the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China and the national government, the work unit running the periodical on the Chinese side applies for approval according to the provisions of Article 8 and Article 9 of these Rules, at the same time, the following relevant materials must be provided:
(1) a letter of intent to cooperate from both sides, including the objective for running the periodical, the scientific discipline, the publication scope, clear responsibilities and final adjudication powers, copyright ownership, profit distribution and the duration of the cooperation;
(2) registration certification that the cooperating side has legal person qualifications;
(3) the credit situation of the cooperating side.
Article 13: Periodicals run in cooperation with the Hong Kong and Macau regions or Taiwan are to be dealt with according to the provisions of the previous paragraph.
Article 14: Already approved and registered periodicals changing the periodical name, sponsoring work unit or language category, shall be reported for approval again according to the provisions of Article 8, Article 9 and Article 16 of these Rules.
Changes in other registered matters, where they concern periodicals run by Central Committee work units, are examined and approved by the Central Committee ministry or commission-level work unit, where they concern those run by local work units, are examined and approved by the provincial-level press and publications bureau, all are to be reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing; those in the natural science and technology categories, must also be reported to the National Commission for Science and Technology for filing.
Article 15: Periodicals may not publish supplementary issues as they please. If it is truly necessary to publish supplementary issues (including selected or digest editions), periodicals run by Central Committee work units of the natural science or technology category, must report to the National Commission of Science and Technology for verification and approval, other categories of publications report to the Administration of Press and Publications for verification and approval. Locally-run periodicals report to the provincial-level press and publications bureau for verification and approval. The National Commission for Science and Technology and the provincial-level press and publications bureaus will, after verification and approval, report matters to the Administration of Press and Publications for approval. Publication of periodical bound volumes and annual catalogues or indexes are not subject to these restrictions.
The purpose, size and distribution scope of periodicals publishing supplementary issues, will be consistent with the main publication.
Article 16: Where filing organs discover in their filing materials that there the same name is used, regulations are violated and other problems, they must return the matter to the original verifying and approving organ for reverification and approval.
Article 17: On the verification and approval of non-official periodicals, where they fall under Central Committee work units, they are verified and approved by the Central ministry or commission-level department; those run by local work units are verified and approved by the provincial-level press and publications bureau.
Non-official periodicals changing into official publications, shall apply for examination and approval according to Article 6, Article 7, Article 8 and Article 9 of these Regulations.
Chapter III: Periodical registration and publication
Article 18: For periodicals approved according to Article 8, Article 9 and Article 10 of these Regulations, the sponsoring work units shall go to the provincial-level press and publications bureau of the locality of the editorial department (the editorial department must be in the same locality as the sponsoring work unit or the undertaking work unit) with the approval documents to apply for and conduct registration, and fill out a registration application form.
After official publications’ registration application form has been examined and found correct, a “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate” with a “Domestic Uniform Periodical Number” is issues; for non-official periodicals, an “Internal Periodical Permission Certificate” is issued.
A duplicate of the periodical registration, is reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing by the registering organ within 15 days after certification issuance.
If registering organs discover that there are matters that do not conform with registered matters when examining approval documents or when periodicals apply for registration, they shall return this to the verification and approval organ for reverification and approval.
Article 19: For supplementary issues approved for publication according to Article 15 of these Regulations, the periodical running work unit goes to the original registry organ with the permission document to conduct registration. The registry organ issues a one-time “Supplementary Issue Permit”
Article 20: For all periodicals for which name change is permitted according to Article 14 of these Regulations, the periodical running work unit goes to the provincial-level press and publications bureau of the locality of the sponsoring work unit with the permission document to conduct new periodical registration.
Article 21: Only one edition is permitted of every issue of periodicals. The different editions and versions of periodicals are issued registration certificates as different periodicals, with one number per periodical.
Article 22: The fees for periodical registration are handled according to relevant State regulations.
Article 23: Openly published periodicals may apply for an international standard serial number with the International Serial Publication Data System Chinese National Centre on the basis of the approval document.
Article 24: If periodical running work units do not conduct registration within three months from the date of approval, the approval document is automatically cancelled and registration organs will no longer accept registration. After registration, periodicals that do not publish issues within half a year or that cease publishing for half a year without reason, will have their registration cancelled by the registration organ and may no longer publish periodicals. If they want to continue to run periodicals or publish periodicals again, they shall report for approval again according to the provisions of Article 8 and Article 9 of these Regulations.
Article 25: Periodicals ceasing publishing must conduct registration cancellation with the periodical registration organ on the basis of certification from the controlling department, return the “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate” of the “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Approval Certificate” to the registration organ, and timely report to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing; those falling under the natural science and technology categories must also report to the National Commission for Science and Technology for filing.
Article 26: The annual registration, registration modification and registration cancellation situation of periodicals will be reported to the Administration of Press and publications by all localities’ registration bureaus after collection before the end of the year.
Article 27: The period of validity and renewal time of the “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate” of official periodicals are decided by the Administration of Press and Publications; the period of validity and renewal time of the “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Permission Certificate” are decided by provincial-level press and publications bureaus.
Article 28: Already registered periodicals must publish according to the registration matters of the “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate” or the “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Permission Certificate”. The “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate” or the “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Permission Certificate” is the basis for lawful publication of periodicals, and may only be used by the periodical holding the registration. It is strictly prohibited to lend, transfer, rent out or sell it, its registration matters may also not be altered without authorization.
It is strictly prohibited to use book numbers to publish periodicals or to covertly publish periodicals, periodical numbers may also not be used to publish books.
Article 29: Periodicals must include a colophon on the back cover or the index page, including the sponsoring work unit, publishing work unit, printing work unit, distributing work unit, date of publication, name of the chief editor, distribution scope, fixed price or production cost, domestic uniform periodical number or printing permission number and the advertising business permit number. Of these, the domestic uniform periodical number or the permission certificate number must be printed at the bottom of the back cover. Periodicals having obtained an international standard serial number shall at the same time print this number.
Official periodicals must carry the periodical name, date and issue number on the front dover. The principal content may not be used to replace the name of the periodical.
Official publications publishing supplementary issues, apart from having to print the domestic uniform periodical number, must also at the same time print the number of the one-time supplementary issue permit, and print the name of the official periodical and indicate “supplementary issue” on the front cover.
It is prohibited to use book numbers to publish periodicals.
Article 30: After publication, every periodical shall timely submit a specimen to the Administration of Press and Publications.
Chapter IV: Periodical publisher operations
All periodical publishers with independent management and independent accounting publishing official periodicals, after agreement from the higher-level controlling department and the administrative press and publications management department, may apply for a business licence with the administrative industry and commerce management organ, and launch many kinds of business activities within the scope permitted by State laws and regulations.
Periodical publishers publishing official periodicals for internal distributions, may not launch in open or foreign-related business activities. Periodical publishers publishing non-official periodicals may not conduct business activities.
When publishing advertising related to newspapers or periodicals, the “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate must be clearly indicated”; when publishing advertising related to books, the name of the publishing work unit must be clearly indicated. Official periodicals may not publish advertising related to non-official periodicals or newspapers, or publications of other departments; openly-distributed periodicals may not publish advertising for internally-distributed periodicals or books.
Article 32: All openly distributed periodicals, shall conduct trademark registration of the name of the periodical, according to the provisions of the “Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China.
Article 33: Openly distributed periodicals may not reprint or publish extracts of the content of internally-distributed books, newspapers, periodicals and other internal publication; where it must be reprinted because of special circumstances, the agreement of the publishing work unit of the publication that is reprinted or extracted from must be obtained.
Openly distributed periodicals may not publish information relating to the publishing or activities of internally-distributed publications.
Article 34: If periodicals establish offices or journalist stations in other places, print or distribute outside of their region of registration, they must undergo approval by the press and publications bureau of their own locality and the other locality, and accept the management of the administrative press and publications management department of the other locality. Internally distributed official periodicals and non-official periodicals may not establish offices, journalist stations or other similar organs.
Article 35: The internal organizational structure, personnel allotment, finances, operational accounting method, etc., of periodical publishers are to be decided by the periodical sponsoring work unit or the higher-level controlling department.
Chapter V: Punishment
Article 36: In all cases of violation of these Regulations, the administrative press and publications management organ, differentiating the gravity of the circumstances, imposes the following administrative punishments:
(1) a warning;
(2) a fine;
(3) confiscation of illegal income
(4) cessation of sale; confiscation or destruction of unlawful periodicals;
(5) provisional cessation of publishing
(6) cessation of business for rectification
(7) cancellation of registration;
Article 37: Provincial, autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city press and publications bureau imposing punishments listed in items (4), (5), (6) and (7) of the above Paragraph, must report these to the Administration of Press and Publications for verification and approval.
Article 38: Those who, in violation of these Regulations, do not undergo approval and registration, engage in unauthorized periodical publishing activities, or in buying, passing off or counterfeiting the name, registration number or other matters of periodicals, or engage in periodical publishing, printing or distribution activities, constituting a crime, shall be punished according to relevant regulation within the powers of the administrative press and publications management department, the administrative industry and commerce management organs and the public security organs.
Chapter VI: Supplementary provisions
Article 39: The interpretation of these Regulations is the responsibility of the Administration of Press and Publications.
Article 40: These Regulations take effect on the date of promulgation.
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