He Mei

ChinAfrica - - Pros & Cons -

In or­der to reach a higher pro­fes­sional ti­tle, in­tel­lec­tu­als work very hard to get their es­says pub­lished in core jour­nals. There is even a gray in­dus­trial chain that pro­vides fake es­says for those who want to get pro­moted but have no ex­cel­lent es­says of their own. The sin­gle, so­lid­i­fied, and es­say-cen­tered aca­demic eval­u­a­tion sys­tem is to be blamed for the mess. Pro­fes­sional ti­tle eval­u­a­tions and master’s or PH.D. de­gree awards all de­pend on whether the per­son has es­says pub­lished in the lim­ited num­ber of author­i­ta­tive core jour­nals. Peo­ple in academia have long ap­pealed that core jour­nals are not aca­demic judges and by no means should pro­fes­sional ti­tles be de­cided on this ba­sis.

Some es­says pub­lished in core jour­nals run to tens of thou­sands of words, but most of them are ex­tracts taken from others’ mas­ter­pieces or ex­cel­lent re­search es­says.

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