In China, Publish or Perish Is Becoming the New Reality

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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1477-1479
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1477

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BEIJING-- Part of a decade-long self-improvement regimen at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Knowledge Innovation Program is funneling money and resources to a relative few who are found to be highly productive--at the expense of scientists and whole institutes that don't measure up. Older scientists have been especially vulnerable. Although the program, launched in 1998, has succeeded in creating a cadre of elite researchers, some scientists complain that the largely quantitative measures are too rigid to span all types of scientific activity.