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Publish or impoverish: An investigation of the monetary reward system of science in China (1999-2016)

Wei Quan (School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Bikun Chen (School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China)
Fei Shu (School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 18 September 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the landscape of the cash-per-publication reward policy in China and reveal its trend since the late 1990s.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on the analysis of 168 university documents regarding the cash-per-publication reward policy at 100 Chinese universities.

Findings

Chinese universities offer cash rewards from USD30 to USD165,000 for papers published in journals indexed by Web of Science, and the average reward amount has been increasing for the past ten years.

Originality/value

The cash-per-publication reward policy in China has never been systematically studied and investigated before except for in some case studies. This is the first paper that reveals the landscape of the cash-per-publication reward policy in China.

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Acknowledgements

This study is a part of Fei Shu’s dissertation research, which is supported by iFellows Doctoral Scholarship provided by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)

Citation

Quan, W., Chen, B. and Shu, F. (2017), "Publish or impoverish: An investigation of the monetary reward system of science in China (1999-2016)", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 69 No. 5, pp. 486-502. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-01-2017-0014

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