Chinese scholars ‘win up to £127,000’ for papers in top journals

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Chinese scientists can win awards of up to $165,000 (£127,000) from their universities for publishing in leading scientific journals, according to research that exposes the country’s system of “cash for articles”.

Academics in the West have long feared that competition to be published in the most prestigious, high-profile journals in order to achieve a career boost may be distorting scientific incentives.

But a new paper details the extent to which Chinese universities are going one step further and openly offering large sums in return for publication.


Science and Nature are the most lucrative journals, netting Chinese scientists an average of $43,783 per publication (one university policy sets out a reward of $165,000), an increase of