The March 1 edition of University World News brought two important articles on the Chinese government notice on academic publication and research funding. China is second in the world for research papers published in international journals, behind the United States. Now, after years of demanding researchers publish in international journals, China’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology released a document aiming to reduce its excessive reliance on the Science Citation Index (SCI) for academic promotions, job offers and allocation of research funding. The move was first mooted by President Xi Jinping during a national education conference in 2018. The aim was to establish an evaluation system to stimulate research that could be used to solve Chinese problems.
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