Conclusion

The entire book focuses on introducing a series of dichotomous practices that characterize every step of the scholarly communication process in China. Some conflicting routines lie at the root of Chinese culture and history that foster a hierarchy of social structure within which juniors are subordinates of seniors and need to follow established paths by climbing a “ladder” to advance progressively to a higher level. On the way to scholarly success, one is trained to respect those with academic seniority by copying the best part of their seminal work. Innovations are encouraged but are often confined to conventional frames. Sometimes there is a thin line between plagiarism and inheritance in Chinese concepts and practices, and as ...

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