We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

The rapid increase in Chinese research and development spending will not ensure the country's place as an innovation leader unless more is done to disseminate findings nationally, writes Lan Xue in Nature.

Chinese scientists, like those in other developing countries, pride themselves on publishing articles in internationally recognised journals such as those listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).

This leads to research being published in a language that few researchers in China understand and at prices that few of them can afford, Xue says.

"This trend could have a devastating impact on the local scientific publications and hurt China's ability to apply newly developed knowledge in an economically useful way," Xue says.

Both the SCI and SSCI lists must be re-evaluated to allow inclusion of quality local journals. In addition, the panel that decides which journals are included on these lists should comprise members from all across the globe, Xue suggests.

Developing countries must also invest in translation services so that information can be gleaned more efficiently. They could follow the example of Japan, a world leader in making scientific information available to the public in the local language, Xue says.

Link to full article in Nature