China’s No.1 academic journal database probed for alleged monopolistic behavior

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(Yicai Global) May 13 — China National Knowledge Internet, the country’s largest database for academic journals, is under investigation over alleged monopolistic practices, the watchdog said today. of the market.

The State Administration for Market Regulation did not release further details, but at China’s major annual policy-making gatherings in March, a number of attendees denounced the monopolistic behavior of Beijing-based CNKI. .

Among them was Ni Minjing, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He said CNKI had made knowledge more expensive and aimed to dominate the market.

Last month, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said it would stop using CNKI because the cost of renewing subscriptions had reached 10 million yuan ($1.47 billion) and the terms were too stringent.

According to Caijing magazine online, a number of universities revealed between 2012 and 2021 that they were stopping using CNKI due to steep price increases. CNKI had increased them by 10% every year since 2000, Wuhan University of Technology said in 2016.

Established in 1999, CNKI’s main customers are universities, public libraries, research institutes, hospitals and government agencies. It has more than 20,000 institutional users, and its website collects more than 95% of officially published Chinese academic resources.

CNKI has also been involved in intellectual property infringement cases in recent years. In August 2020, Zhao Dexin, a retired professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, discovered that more than 100 of his articles had been published on CNKI without his knowledge. Readers had to pay to download the articles, but Zhao never received a penny. He took the case to court and was awarded damages of over 700,000 CNY (103,033 USD).

The Chinese Academic Journal CD-ROM e-magazine, which runs CNKI, is involved in more than 1,000 lawsuits, according to business news platform Tianyancha. Most of them relate to infringement litigation.

Publisher: Tom Litting

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