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10.29.2020 | SSP News & Releases

PD2020 Review | The Changing Academic Publishing Landscape in China

Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series, offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing–available at your convenience. Free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed as your schedule allows. Videos are offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the industry’s latest developments.


China has become a big player in the scholarly publishing field, shaping future initiatives. In this session from the 2020 Professional Development series, Lori Carlin, Zong-Ming Cheng, Donna Minton, and Tao Tao covered requirements on how researchers who are publicly funded in China can publish, including requirements on how many articles are published in Chinese-owned journals and the maximum rate at which the Chinese government will cover APC charges. Newly created journals in China were also discussed, as well as partnerships between established Western journals and Chinese partners. The open access landscape was discussed as well.

Who is the intended audience? Who should watch?

Publishers who are interested in the Chinese market would definitely be interested in this discussion. With a lengthy discussion on the market for open access journals, publishers looking to expand participation in their open access programs would benefit from this webinar as well. Publishers looking to partner with institutions in China to work jointly on journals could benefit, as well as Chinese universities or other institutions who are looking to launch their own academic journals.

What are the goals for this session? What can viewers expect in terms of format?

Viewers can expect an informed and well rounded discussion on both the history and current landscape of academic publishing in China, with perspectives on publishing in Chinese journals as well as Western journals. Each speaker gave an individual presentation and there was no discussion between the speakers.

What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?

The speakers each bring their own special knowledge to the panel. Tao Tao gave an informed history of academic publishing in China, and provided valuable information on the current publishing requirements faced by researchers in the country. Zong-Ming Cheng provided his predictions for the future of scholarly publishing in China, including the increase in Chinese academic journals and how this will impact submissions and relationships with Western journals. Donna Minton shared her experiences in launching new journals in China, sharing the challenges and opportunities in the region.

Why is this topic important and timely? Is there a particular aspect of this topic that is noteworthy?

One of the speakers, Zong-Ming Cheng, addressed the strained political relationship between the United States and China as a part of his presentation. The speakers also addressed new or shifting publishing requirements for government funded research, which could impact how publishers market open access options to researchers in China.

What will viewers take away from this session? What is the value of watching?

Viewers will come away from the session with a solid understanding of the open access landscape in China. Viewers will also learn about how and why new journals are being launched across China. Finally, viewers will learn about the opportunities and challenges in marketing to Chinese researchers and starting new journals or partnerships that target the region.

Watch this session now.

News contribution by SSP member, Kim Treanor. Kim is Media and Audience Development Manager at the American Chemical Society.

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