In the Asian Publishing Industry, China is now the world’s largest producer of scientific articles bearing a big stigma of quantity overweighed by quality. Over the last years, china’s publishing community has been so concerned with the number of papers produced, publishing those papers in journals listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), and publishing in journals with high Journal Impact Factor (JIF). This ultimately forced the Chinese researchers to publish as many papers as possible.
To overcome this Publishing Dilemma, recently China’s Ministry of Science and Technology & Ministry of Education introduced an Action Plan for the Excellence of Chinese STM Journals.
Some Highlights of Action Plan:
Researchers and institutions are encouraged to publish or present their most important works in:
- Domestic STM journals with international influence
- Top international journals universally recognized in the research field
- Top domestic and international academic conferences
In principle, the number of papers (the “representative works”) that will count for basic research evaluation in grant applications or reports is limited in each evaluation cycle as follows:
- Individual researchers are limited to five representative works
- Key subject innovation teams: no more than ten representative works
- National Laboratories/State Key Laboratories and other scientific and engineering research bases: no more than 20 representative works
- Central level science research institutions: no more than 40 representative works
This new action plan is worth further analysis and the success ratio depends on how the new rules are going to be implemented and also upon handling by the researchers.
What do you think about this new Policy to improve publishing behavior? Can it worth redo for other Asian Countries?
Share your ideas and constructive approach to help maintain standards of the Asian Publishing Industry!