Chi­nese science jour­nal gains pres­tige

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­

Cell Re­search, a Chi­nese aca­demic jour­nal in the life sciences area, has moved up in in­ter­na­tional rank­ings based on the num­ber of times its pub­lished pa­pers were cited.

Its “im­pact fac­tor”, as it’s called, al­lowed the jour­nal to move up to sev­enth among 195 jour­nals in the cell bi­ol­ogy field, and it con­tin­ues to be ranked first among those based in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the 2019 Jour­nal Ci­ta­tion Re­ports by Clar­i­vate An­a­lyt­ics, a global an­a­lyt­ics firm.

The rise of the jour­nal will con­trib­ute to en­hanc­ing the in­flu­ence of China’s aca­demic jour­nals and pro­mot­ing original in­no­va­tion in life sciences in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from the Center for Ex­cel­lence in Molec­u­lar Cell Science Af­fil­i­ated with the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sciences, which jointly pub­lishes the jour­nal with the Chi­nese So­ci­ety for Cell Bi­ol­ogy.

“The rapid developmen­t of Cell Re­search is the epit­ome of how China’s ba­sic re­search in life sciences has thrived and how the coun­try’s macro en­vi­ron­ment of science and tech­nol­ogy is pro­gress­ing,” said Pei Gang, an aca­demi­cian with CAS and editor-inchief of the jour­nal.

“How­ever, im­pact fac­tor will never be­come our goal. The sole pur­suit of sci­en­tific re­search is to dis­cover truth in science,” he said.

Founded in 1990, Cell Re­search ex­pe­ri­enced rapid developmen­t, es­pe­cially in the last 15 years.

Cheng Lei, managing editor of

Cell Re­search, said that the jour­nal is meant to pro­vide a plat­form for sci­en­tific developmen­t and will never cut cor­ners for big­wigs in the sphere.

“In­stead, we’ve be­come friends with some in­flu­en­tial re­searchers even though they have had their pa­pers re­jected by us,” said Cheng, adding that the ra­tio of Chi­nese and for­eign sci­en­tists who sub­mit­ted their pa­pers to the jour­nal was about half and half.

Li Dang­sheng, deputy editor-inchief of Cell Re­search and a pro­fes­sor at the Center for Ex­cel­lence in Molec­u­lar Cell Science, said that their long-term goal is to em­power the jour­nal to reach a world-class level and join the elite com­pany of Bos­ton-based Cell, Wash­ing­ton based-Science, and Lon­don-based Na­ture.

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