China to indict fraud researchers

Published: Sunday 15 January 1995

-- The Chinese government is all set to take action against "fraud scientists". From 1995, stricter controls will be imposed on scientific achievements to weed out fraudulent breakthroughs from genuine discoveries. This was announced by Han Deqian, vice-minister, State Science and Technology Commission. As many as 33,000 research cases are sent for appraisal every year, and promotions, salary increases, and prizes are awarded on the results.

The system has led to many fake cases and a decline in evaluation quality. Under the new measures, appraisals will only be on technical researches and not on theoretical scientific results. The government also has plans to encourage developing new means like market competition to examine technological achievements.

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