A meeting on the preparation of popular scientific multi-volume printed matter “The Republic of Belarus – 25 years of creation and achievements” took place at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The event was led by of the co-chairs of the general editorial board Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, and Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Heads of scientific organizations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, representatives of ministries and departments of the country and authors responsible for volumes, sections and topics took part in the meeting.
Issues of editorial boards’ formation, the preparation of the manuscript and the name of a multi-volume matter were discussed in detail during the deliberation. As Vladimir Gusakov noted, a coordination group has been established to resolve current issues. The preliminary structure of the printed matter was analyzed. The entire subjects of the publication are divided into volumes. A detailed Plan Prospectus of the publication has been developed. When distributing topics on volumes and the place of its submission in volumes, editors were guided by the generally accepted principle in reference and popular science literature, and also the illustrative nature of the topic, the self-sufficiency and colourfulness of each volume were taken into account.
When allocating volumes, all proposals of writing team were taken into account. Methodological recommendations and the Procedure for preparation of the manuscript for publication were drawn up and sent to authors. The work was carried out with those responsible for certain topics, Plans Prospectuses of parts were refined, author’s team was formed, deadlines for the manuscript were determined. The working title of a popular scientific multi-volume printed matter about the 25-year history of Independence of the Republic of Belarus is “The Republic of Belarus – 25 years of creation and achievements.”
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, has assessed the work on the preparation of the manuscript, made recommendations and wishes to the authors and editors. He drew attention to the fact that the writing team should be formed with the involvement of a wide range of specialists. The book should convincingly show that for the first time in the history of our people Belarus has taken place as an acknowledged and respected sovereign state.
The preparation and publication of the popular scientific multi-volume printed matter “The Republic of Belarus – 25 years of creation and achievements” are planned in accordance with Belarus President Decree № 72 of 9 March 2017. According to the document, the publication should reflect the stages of the formation and strengthening of the Belarusian statehood, socio-economic and humanitarian development, conducted state policy, including ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens, the security of the country and strengthening its positions in the international arena. The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus as the main organization for the preparation and publication of the book was instructed to form writing team and, if necessary, to involve specialists from the Republican state bodies and other state organizations, local executive and administrative bodies, and to request necessary information for the preparation.