Introduction

The Paradox of Scholarly Communication in China

Since China implemented 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 (GDP) and by purchasing power parity (PPP) in the world.1 Its economic success has impelled restructurings in almost every aspect of the social, cultural, and political settings. Among other changes, the new pursuits of education, research, publishing, and information technology have redefined the academic community with its development and transmission being taken across generations and ideologies.

The contemporary practices of scholarly ...

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