Contract models for Suomen tiedekustantajien liitto r.y. – The Finnish Association for Scholarly Publishing

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There are 3 contract models:1 The General Contract model and General Terms of Publishing Contract, 2 Publishing Contract for a book and 3 Publishing Contract for an article


The contract is made up of two parts: an encompassing general contract as well as the actual publishing contract, for book or article respectively, is always included.
The aim for every publisher is to make himself a version of both the General Contract model and a Publishing Contract which suits him, i.e. leaving out needless alternatives.
Both contracts should always be signed.

The central starting-points of the contract as a whole are:
   Scholarly publishing is primarily to convey scientific information, not making business. The role of the publishing contract is to allow the publisher to perform his mission as efficiently as possible.

2    The author of a scholarly text requires better rights to his own texts than the writer of a commercially published text. The publishing contract’s task is to secure the possibility for the writer to use his text again in various contexts, as in textbooks, reviews, as part of a monograph and such like; further, his right to prevent alterations in the text and supervise amendments made in connection with republishing.

   The contradiction between paragraph 1 and 2 has been mediated in such a way that the publisher may freely choose the publishing form and decide on a republishing of the text, as far as it is explicitly a case of conveying scientific information. As a counterbalance to this is that, if the right to publish the text is sold to a commercial publisher, the writer has the right to a better share (½ - ½) than is customary in commercial publishing.

Feedback and criticism are welcome. The aim is to keep improving the models when inaccuracies or problems appear.