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(China) New policy aims to free scientists to focus on research, avoid jumping through hoops – ECNS.CN (Li Yan | July 2018)

Published/Released on July 19, 2018 | Posted by Admin on August 29, 2018 / , , , ,
 


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Chinese scientific researchers are to be evaluated on the valuable contributions they make to their field rather than their number of published papers or academic credentials, according to a new policy issued by China’s top officials.

This move by China has the potential to fundamentally shift the unhelpful impact of current performance incentives for academics/scientists and remove the primary reason some researchers knowingly use illegitimate publishers. We’re very interested to learn more about this initiative and its implementation. We suspect it will give China a competitive/quality/research culture advantage over the rest of the world.

The new policy is considered by experts to be the first volley of China’s resistance to efforts by the U.S. to suppress its high-tech development.
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The policy is aimed at stimulating innovation and vitality, and building a positive environment for scientists so they can better focus on their research and pursue excellence.
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The policy was issued jointly by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council.
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It is the highest-profile policy ever issued about scientific research, He Defang, director of the policy division of the Ministry of Science and Technology, said during a press conference earlier this month.
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The evaluation of researchers will mainly depend on the actual influence of their scientific achievements, while other factors such as the number of published research papers and educational achievements will serve as less important performance indicators, the policy said.

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