China’s largest online academic library CNKI criticized for monopoly

(20 February 2019)  China’s largest online academic library CNKI has again fallen under criticism of having a monopoly like its international counterparts, with experts and writers calling on government measures to boost the database’s social services.

CNKI, or China National Knowledge Infrastructure, reportedly has over 200 million academic articles, making it the inevitable database for academic writers in China. However, it is also a huge profit-driven company. The financial report in the first half of 2018 from CNKI’s mother company Tsinghua Tongfang showed that its gross profit rate stood at 58.83%, Science and Technology Daily reported.

People’s Daily Online has the news in full.