Publish or perish [Nature editorial recommends OA for Chinese journals]
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"Scientific publishing in China is in a quandary. Many articles in the country's 5,000-plus science and technology journals go unread and uncited, calling into question the value of the research....The country's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP)...should be aggressive...in evaluating its journals, improving the strong and killing off the weak....The best opportunity to revive Chinese publishing, whether in Chinese or English, probably lies in an open-access platform — increasingly popular in Western journals. Many Chinese journals already charge authors a publication fee, so should be able to make a smooth transition to the open-access model, in which they are supported by fees rather than by subscription revenues. Making content freely available would help to popularize journals, and would encourage them to develop an online presence....The government could provide the interest, investment and expertise to bring these publishers into the twenty-first century...."