Osmanthus Consulting, in collaboration with Clarke & Esposito, has launched the International STM Publishing in China: State of the Market Report 2023. In this new report we examine recent changes in China's scholarly marketplace and their implications - from trends in funding and open access (OA) to the China Journal Excellence Action Plan (CJEAP) and the emergence of journal warning lists. We offer an extensive market overview and in-depth analysis so that you can develop a proactive China strategy.

This report will help you better navigate China's publishing sector reforms and address your organization's top priorities related to China's ambitious efforts to develop a world-class STM journal sector. Organizational License Plus purchasers receive additional exclusive benefits: key market data and action items, a Q&A Zoom call, alerts and analysis of breaking news, market updates, and a quarterly newsletter.

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Table of Contents

  • Actions for International STM Publishers
  • China's STM Publishing Market
    • Domestic Publishing: a Top-Down, Fragmented Sector
    • International STM Publishers in China
    • Publishing Partnerships
  • Market Drivers
    • Research Assessment Reforms
    • China Journal Excellence Action Plan
    • Journal Recommendation and Warning Lists
    • Open Access and OA Funding
  • Impact on International STM Publishers
  • Effects of the Research Assessment Reforms
  • CJEAP Journal Partnership Opportunities
  • Maximizing Journal Recommendations and Handling Warning Lists
  • OA Policies and Funding


  • FIGURE 1: China STM publishing - a fragmented market
  • FIGURE 2: Regulatory and supervisory structures in Chinese publishing
  • FIGURE 3: Growth in Chinese publications by access type
  • FIGURE 4: Forecast growth in China R&D spend 2021-2025 (fourteenth 5-year plan)
  • FIGURE 5: China R&D funding by research type in 2020 and 2021
  • FIGURE 6: Timeline of the China Journal Excellence Action Plan
  • FIGURE 7: Change in article access model from 2012 to 2021 for China and ROW
  • FIGURE 8: Output by article access type - China versus ROW


  • TABLE 1: China versus global publications overview
  • TABLE 2: CAGR by article access type in China versus rest of world and global
  • TABLE 3: Publishing partnerships in China
  • TABLE 4: Categories of journals in the China Journal Excellence Action Plan
  • TABLE 5: China journal rankings lists
  • TABLE 6: 2023 CAS Early Warning List
  • TABLE 7: Fluidity of the CAS Early Warning List
  • TABLE 8: Chinese domestic OA publishers - April 2023


  • PANEL 1: Reform impacts on the Chinese research ecosystem
  • PANEL 2: The Web of Science and the EWL

Appendix: Data in Detail