I'm looking for a (specific) journal paper originating from (authored in, published in) China. The abstract is available on some aggregators (ResearchGate, Semantic Scholar), but author contact information isn't listed. I'm assuming the paper is written in English, but this may not be the case.

The paper itself is behind the paywall of

Wanfang Data, an affiliate of the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology

' which

provides access to a wide range of database resources, serving as a gateway to Chinese culture, medicine, business, science, engineering, etc.'.

I'm unable to judge the legitimacy of this organisation.

Is there another aggregator, open library or Sci-hub equivalent where Chinese research can be accessed? As an analogy, an answer to this recent question, contained similar information about accessing Russian research through an open library.

I'm a little surprised by not even finding the authors' contact details by which I may directly contact them. Any related information, including pertinent cultural inputs would also help.

EDIT: I'm not seeking advice on the general methods to find papers that aren't immediately available. Information specifically about aggregators/libraries is sought, in the hope that academics familiar with research in China are aware of such resources. If its important, I have contacted libraries around for interlibrary loans, and received generally pessimistic responses.

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    You should ask a research librarian at your university to help you. Usually they have an ILL request form you can fill out. Feb 15, 2022 at 14:28
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    Does this answer your question? Should I cite an article that I can't find? Feb 15, 2022 at 14:30
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    In particular, both questions have the same answer: go to your librarian. Feb 15, 2022 at 14:31
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    @AppliedAcademic - to be fair, we get lots of questions here where the answer is to go talk to a good research librarian - too many folks seem to think Google is the acme of searching. And, frankly, this question is one of them - if there is a professional quality database of Chinese research, a research librarian would know of it or find it readily. And you do seem to care about the quality, albeit to a quite limited extent.
    – Jon Custer
    Feb 15, 2022 at 14:58
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    @AnonymousPhysicist- I work at a national lab and am affiliated to a university, neither of whose librarians have expressed optimism because they don't have ILS with the country in question. Access charge is not the obstacle, legitimacy of the publisher is. If it were a known publisher/journal, this would not a problem. In the current case, except for the abstract and author names, there is no bibliometric information to go by. This is why I'd be happy even with author information. Finally, would it help to share the journal name here? I thought that would run the risk of becoming shopping. Feb 15, 2022 at 16:46


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