Scholarly Communication at the Crossroads in China

Scholarly Communication at the Crossroads in China

1st Edition - January 9, 2017

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  • Author: Jingfeng Xia
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005422
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081005392

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Scholarly Communication at the Crossroads in China follows the dichotomy paradox to focus on both achievements and challenges at every step of the scholarly communication process, highlighting Insights and trends in academic infrastructure and scholarly behaviors within the context of local economic, political, and technological development. Since China adopted an open-door policy in the late 1970s, it has experienced a dramatic economic transformation. With a growth rate around 10% over the past three decades, China is now the second largest economy by nominal gross domestic product and by purchasing power parity in the world. Economic success has impelled restructurings in almost all aspects of the social and cultural settings. Among other changes, the new pursuits of education, research, and scholarship have redefined the academic community with its development across generations and ideologies.

Key Features

  • Provides a large picture of scholarly communication in China, with official data, interviews, and personal observations
  • Includes the latest multidisciplinary information, covering education, library science, and information science
  • Contains diverse formats, including charts and tables, with dichotomy examples
  • Presents historical and contemporary coverage, analyzing data from 1978 onwards in a cultural, economic, social, and political context
  • Focuses on changes by taking readers through the complex process of scholarship transformation


Librarians, educators, students, policy makers, and scholars

Table of Contents

    • Author Biography
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
      • The Paradox of Scholarly Communication in China
    • Chapter 1: Preparations: Who?
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Higher Education: A Brief History
      • 1.2 Modern Education Since the Late 1970s
      • 1.3 Conclusion
    • Chapter 2: Creation and Dissemination: How?
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Printing Technology: A Brief History
      • 2.2 Scholarship Creation in Modern China
      • 2.3 Scholarly Publishing
      • 2.4 Conclusion
    • Chapter 3: Preservation: Why?
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 A Historical Review
      • 3.2 Present Practice
      • 3.3 Digital Preservation
      • 3.4 Conclusion
    • Chapter 4: Access: Where?
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Uneven Access
      • 4.2 Open Access
      • 4.3 Conclusion
    • Chapter 5: International Collaborations: What?
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 At the Individual Level
      • 5.2 At the Institutional Level
      • 5.3 Conclusion
    • Chapter 6: Assessment: Which?
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Some Background Information
      • 6.2 Bibliometric Assessment of Research Activities
      • 6.3 Behavior Observed
      • 6.4 Conclusion
    • Conclusion
    • Appendices
      • Appendix 1 Timeline of Chinese History and Dynasties
      • Appendix 2 Chinese Terms in the Simplified and Traditional Forms
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 186
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: January 9, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005422
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081005392

About the Author

Jingfeng Xia

Dr Jingfeng Xia is the Dean of the Library and University Collections, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. Previously he worked at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida Libraries. He has published extensively on scholarly communication, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in library management, and digital repositories.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean of the Library and University Collections, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA

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