Li Lin & Dejing Kong
Office of Science and Technology
On the afternoon of March 26th, the University General Affairs and Party Committee Office and the Office of Science and Technology jointly held an academic seminar on literature search and thesis evaluation. Professor Xiaochun Qiu, Director of the Office of Academic Literature Search of Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School was invited as the main speaker. Vice President Xingguo Xue, Director Xiaoming Bu of the Office of Science and Technology and some of Sanda’s faculty members participated in the seminar.
Prof. Qiu’s talk was in three parts: academic literature search, improper academic behaviors and self-prevention, and assessment of academic theses. He pointed out that academic literature has been strictly examined, selected and peer reviewed, therefore academic literature search is completely different from that using search engines like google. After introducing some basic information about English full-text data bases including EBSCO and the three Chinese full-text databases of Wanfang, VIP and Tongfang Knowledge Network, Prof. Qiu explained how to use them. Scientific results are normally presented in the final form of theses. If a researcher conceals relevant information on purpose in a thesis, or provides false data, it is improper academic behavior, whose explicit expressions include plagiarism, forging evidence, distorting data, improper signing and multiple submission. Currently there are already software examination systems for screening academic improprieties both in China and abroad. For direct and indirect citations we need to mark out clearly the sources of the materials. In the meantime when trying to publish a thesis, we need to be alert. We can check the genuineness of a journal on the website of the General Administration of Press and Publication to avoid “clone journals”. In the end, Prof. Qiu also introduced some concepts such as journal influence factors and citation rate as well as the three big index databases including SCI and the third party notarization of theses.
The seminar was well-liked by the participating faculty members. They said that the seminar was a great help to their research work especially in regulating their research behaviors and enhancing their academic screening capabilities.
Translated By WeiDing