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Evaluation of journals raises bar for scholarship

 

VANCOUVER- With the theme “Innovation and Guidelines: Evaluation of Academic Journals in a Global Context,” the Third World High-level Forum on Leading Chinese Academic Journals was co-hosted by Social Sciences in China Press(SSCP) and the Culture Regeneration Research Society (CRRS) in Vancouver on Aug. 19. The forum was co-chaired by Yu Xinhua, deputy editor-in-chief of the SSCP and Liang Yancheng, director of the CRRS and editor-in-chief of Cultural China. More than 30 chief editors of leading Chinese academic journals from Canada, the United States, Singapore and China (including Mainland, Taiwan and Macao) were in attendance.

“Scholarly evaluation sets guidelines for academic research and serves the objective of scholarly journals,” Yu said in his speech. The authority of a scholarly journal is not defined solely by the publication of high-end, cutting-edged academic achievements. A journal must guide the direction of future academic research and constantly broaden the scope of study, Yu continued.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the impact an evaluation system for journals can have on academic research, said Yu. With the establishment of evaluation criteria, Chinese journals should be able to deliver their voices among international scholarly community.

The World High-level Forum on Leading Chinese Academic Journals is an important annual philosophy and social sciences innovation project under SSCP. The first and second World High-level Forum on Leading Chinese Academic Journals were held in 2012 and 2013 in Moscow and Sydney, respectively, marking the beginning of global cooperation among Chinese scholarly journals as well as the establishment of an institutional mechanism for exchange and cooperation among Chinese scholarly journals worldwide.