Regarding the following quote:

... editors say an increasing number of journals based in China warn authors that they are not affiliated with any paper-selling companies.
Mara Hvistendahl, China's Publication Bazaar, Science, 2013.

Partly out of curiosity and partly because I work in China, I'm interested in finding a concrete example of this.

Question : What is an example of a journal based in China which "warns authors that they are not affiliated with any paper-selling companies"?

Ideally, I'd like a web link to a journal based in China showing this warning. Or perhaps someone received such a warning in an email as part of communications with a journal.

  • Have you tried asking around colleagues in China? Usually Chinese journals work chiefly in Chinese, getting submissions of local authors.
    – Scientist
    Dec 3, 2018 at 17:59
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    What is a "paper-selling company"? Is that like a paper mill?
    – einpoklum
    May 13, 2019 at 11:33
  • Is a "paper-selling company" a company that churns out academic writing (e.g. like an essay mill), or is it a company that literally sells physical paper? May 17, 2019 at 14:30
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    @einpoklum While working as a postdoc in China, I have noticed two interesting phenomena: (i) some service-providing companies (e.g. genome sequencing) for academics would offer data-analysis packets that could go anywhere from providing stats to full-blown results description and discussions; (ii) a few colleagues who definitely displayed poor writing and reasoning skills would often come up fair & sound manuscripts out of the blue. I strongly suspect there are companies in China selling seemingly-acceptable manuscript-material.
    – Scientist
    Aug 18, 2019 at 17:18


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