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Celebrating outstanding scholarship in China

Taylor & Francis Research Achievements Awards 2016

Taylor & Francis is pleased to announce the winners of a new set of awards which recognize outstanding scholarship in China and the impact of Chinese research internationally.

Chinese institutions have become significant contributors to world scholarly output, particularly in science and technology, and the quality of research by Chinese scientists has also been steadily growing. Taylor & Francis has established these awards to highlight achievements in China and to help Chinese researchers further increase their global impact. Congratulations to all the winners.

Most Read Open Access Article Award

LIU Zhong-Jian, of The National Orchid Conservation Center of China, and WANG Xin, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, have won the Most Read Open Access Article Award. This award celebrates the OA article authored by China-based researchers, published by Taylor & Francis in 2016, that received the highest number of downloads.

The winning article, Yuhania: a unique angiosperm from the Middle Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China (Historical Biology 29:4), was downloaded 1,913 times last year. It has since reached over 2,500 downloads and now has an Altmetric Attention Score of over 20. Not only is the number of downloads very impressive, so too is the breadth of readership the article has received. It was downloaded by researchers in over 47 countries last year.

Professor LIU Zhong-Jian graduated from the Forestry Academy of South China Agricultural University in 1982. He is now the chief and principal scientist of the National Orchid Center and the Orchid Conservation & Research Center of Shenzhen, as well as the leader of the International Orchid Genome Project.

Dr. WANG Xin obtained his bachelor of science from Peking University, master of botany from the Institute of Botany, CAS, and PhD in palaeontology from the University of Florida. Dr. Wang is one of the few leading botanists focusing on the origin of angiosperms, a question that has occupied botanists since the time of Darwin.

Both researchers are advocates for open access publishing, citing the benefit of OA for helping members of the public to make balanced scientific judgements. They commented, “the ultimate goal of all science is to make human beings ready to face any challenge in the future, and restricting information to limited professionals cannot achieve this goal.”

Top Cited Researcher Award

Professor WANG Jian-qiang, of the Central South University, has won this year’s Taylor & Francis Top Cited Researcher Award. This award goes to the researcher whose articles, published in Taylor & Francis journals in 2016, have received the highest number of citations. The four qualifying articles authored by Prof Wang last year have already received over 55 citations from journals included in the Clarivate Citation Indexes.

Professor Wang’s major interests are economic theory and modeling decision theory, evaluation theory and method, supply chain and logistics management, risk management, and information system research. He has published more than 200 articles, among which more than 100 have been included in international journals. In recent years, Professor Wang has led more than 10 major projects, including National Natural Science Foundation, ministerial, and provincial-level projects. Six of these have won provincial science and technology progress awards.

Serving as a doctoral supervisor in management science and engineering, Professor Wang is also committed to supporting early career researchers. His advice to those starting out in academia is to cultivate curiosity. He explains that, “curiosity is the best teacher because it can guide us to seek knowledge, to explore, to practice, and to achieve fulfilling experiences”.

Top Research Institute Award

This year’s Top Research Institute Award goes to Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). The award is given to the Chinese institution with the highest number of 2016 research outputs published in Taylor & Francis’ range of international journals. Researchers based at SJTU contributed to 283 separate articles last year. These covered a broad range of fields of study, including operations research, engineering, environmental sciences, and materials science.

Since its foundation in 1896, SJTU has developed into one of China’s most prestigious research-led universities. In 2016, it led the country for the 7th consecutive year in terms of both the number of projects and the amount of money issued by the Natural Science Foundation of China. Internationally, SJTU is ranked fifth in the QS BRICS University Rankings (2016).

At present, SJTU is implementing a grand blueprint for future development and is determined to make continued efforts to build itself into a first-class global university. SJTU is also committed to supporting graduate and postgraduate students to actively participate in scientific research activities, to improve their scientific ability, and to get research results published in world-class journals.