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.