Zhang Xiao­ran

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For so many years, the cri­te­ria for pro­mo­tion of col­lege teach­ers or in­sti­tute re­searchers have been based on the num­ber of es­says they have pub­lished in core jour­nals. In this sense, Zhe­jiang Univer­sity is in­no­va­tive in set­ting up new cri­te­ria for pro­mo­tion: the in­flu­ence or com­mu­ni­ca­tion ef­fect of an es­say. Even if some­one does not have a lot of sci­en­tific re­search re­sults to boast of, his or her lim­ited achieve­ments will be re­garded as valu­able ma­te­rial to shore up their pro­mo­tion and aca­demic eval­u­a­tion, if their work brings about ma­jor in­flu­ence through new com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels like the In­ter­net.

Zhe­jiang Univer­sity has made a big step for­ward by mov­ing the em­pha­sis also to the ef­fect of an es­say’s cir­cu­la­tion. In the long run, this prac­tice can not only change the old habit of core jour­nals out­weigh­ing all other fac­tors, but will also make it pos­si­ble for in­tel­lec­tu­als to pro­vide more opin­ions on so­cial and public life.

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