An influential academic official WeChat account “Xueshuzhi” released the ranking of colleges and universities in China in terms of CSSCI-indexed paper counts (2018) the other day. According to the ranking released, SCUN released a total of 207 CSSCI indexed papers in 2018, ranking the 92nd place nationwide and the 2nd place among colleges and universities for ethnic groups.
The CSSCI-indexed journal (i.e., CSSCI-indexed journal of the Institute for Chinese Social Sciences Research and Assessment) is one of the most authoritative citation index databases for Chinese humanities and social sciences. According to the ranking, totally 78,661 CSSCI-indexed papers were released by colleges and universities in China in 2018. The top 100 colleges and universities published a total of 53,904 CSSCI-indexed papers, accounting for 68.5% of the total. The statistics of the ranking can be found in the Statistical Analysis Database for Scientific Research Achievements of Colleges and Universities in China, and are released by the Research Center for Chinese Science Evaluation.
In recent years, SCUN has been attaching extreme importance to cultivation and output of scientific research achievements of high quality. In the latest revision of the Incentives for Scientific Research of SCUN, more generous incentives are offered to outstanding scientific research achievements, in particular CSSCI-indexed papers; special projects have been established with support of the earmarked funds for operating expense of basic scientific research in colleges and universities allocated by the central government, so as to encourage teachers to carry out various scientific researches. Furthermore, project conclusion is also strictly controlled, and financial support is given to the output of high-quality scientific research achievements. Considering the fact that some project applicants “attach great importance to project application and establishment but little importance to research achievements and conclusion”, the Scientific Research Development Institute has provided conclusion supervision above the ministerial and provincial level for the arts schools. Desirable outcomes have been attained. In 2018, totally 25 projects supported by the National Social Science Foundation were concluded, including 2 appraised as outstanding.
(Edited by: Chen Pengbing Source: Scientific Research Development Institute)