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CASSES has made an­other step for­ward to im­prove this sit­u­a­tion by es­tab­lish­ing its own eval­u­a­tion model for hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ence jour­nals. The model is called AMI, which stands for at­trac­tion, man­age­ment power and im­pact power.

At­trac­tion, refers to a jour­nal’s awards, qual­ity and peer re­view re­sults. Man­age­ment power cov­ers any aca­demic mis­con­duct and ad­her­ence to in­sti­tu­tional norms by the jour­nal. Im­pact power refers to a jour­nal’s aca­demic, so­cial and in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence.

In Jing’s opin­ion, this creates a mul­ti­di­men­sional quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive eval­u­a­tion sys­tem that can help eval­u­ate aca­demic jour­nals and think tanks.

The Cen­tre for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Stud­ies at Lei­den Univer­sity in Nether­lands and the Nor­way-based Nordic In­sti­tute for Stud­ies in In­no­va­tion, Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion have shown great in­ter­est in the sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to Jing, who is ready to pro­mote China’s eval­u­a­tion sys­tem in Europe.

Get­ting known

One of the pur­poses of the work­shop is to fa­mil­iar­ize Chi­nese re­searchers with the global peer re­view process and ac­cel­er­at­ing their en­trance to global academia.

In the West, ar­ti­cles fall un­der scru­tiny of two to three of­ten-anony­mous ex­perts in the same field to make sure the fi­nal work meets pub­lish­ing requiremen­ts.

At Taylor & Fran­cis, an as­so­ciate ed­i­tor finds two re­view­ers on the web us­ing sci­ence and re­viewer fin­der tools.

Jing told the Global Times that peer re­view­ers in the West usu­ally work for free and only for a few times a year. By com­par­i­son, Chi­nese peer re­view­ers may be asked to re­view papers mul­ti­ple times in a year, and hence are paid.

He said that a high num­ber of peer re­view­ers can ben­e­fit a coun­try in two ways: giv­ing it more power to vote on in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and putting it in a lead­ing po­si­tion of aca­demic power.

“The more papers you pub­lish and the more mem­bers in an in­sti­tute, the higher your aca­demic po­si­tion. Tal­ents de­cide a coun­try’s com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Jing said.

Re­gard­ing car­ry­ing out peer re­view for in­ter­na­tional jour­nals, Mar­shall encourages Chi­nese re­searchers in­crease their pro­file with ed­i­tors as much as pos­si­ble.

“My sug­ges­tion is to get known by the jour­nals,” she ad­vised.

Sienho Yee, ed­i­tor-in-chief of the Chi­nese Jour­nal of In­ter­na­tional Law, told the Global Times that the key to im­prov­ing Chi­nese re­searchers’ pro­file is to carry out high-qual­ity re­search.

“An en­tire para­graph of my work was once quoted by a judge at the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice, be­cause my re­search and anal­y­sis could sup­port the judge, not be­cause I am Chi­nese,” Yee said.

Jing echoed Yee, not­ing that a ma­jor chal­lenge is that many Chi­nese aca­demics lack the abil­ity to ex­plain or sum­ma­rize China’s achieve­ments in dif­fer­ent fields.

“Most peo­ple wear a pair of tinted spec­ta­cles to look at Chi­nese is­sues,” Jing said.

“If we Chi­nese don’t take the ini­tia­tive to in­tro­duce our coun­try, how can for­eign­ers? No won­der their un­der­stand­ing is so one-sided.”

Con­tin­ued aca­demic ex­changes

Jing said that open and fair in­ter­na­tional ex­changes in aca­demic fields should con­tinue even though the US is wary of Chi­nese re­searchers.

“It is ob­vi­ous [US Pres­i­dent Don­ald] Trump’s pol­icy [to sus­pect Chi­nese re­searchers] is not sus­tain­able. The US is a coun­try of im­mi­grants. If the US does not open its doors, it will fade at a faster speed,” Jing told the Global Times.

He en­cour­aged Chi­nese re­searchers to make their voices heard among in­ter­na­tional academia and visit the US for aca­demic ex­changes, as “the US is the high­land of global sci­en­tific re­search.”

The min­eral en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ate stu­dent is also look­ing for­ward to more Chi­nese voices be­ing heard and Chi­nese re­searchers help­ing con­nect China and the world.

dean of the China Academy of So­cial Sciences Eval­u­a­tion Stud­ies

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A new Chi­nese sys­tem Chi­nese re­searchers from ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties at­tend a peer re­view work­shop or­ga­nized by the China Academy of So­cial Sciences Eval­u­a­tion Stud­ies (CASSES) and the Taylor & Fran­cis Group on Fri­day in Beijing.

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