With a goal of reducing the barriers separating Chinese researchers from their counterparts in the United States and Europe, Anianet, Inc., today officially announces the launch of the Anianet professional network (http://www.anianet.com). Tens of thousands of Chinese scientists, professors, and other scholarly professionals are currently conducting vital, groundbreaking work. Anianet integrates these Chinese intellectuals into the international community by providing a platform to create free English-language profiles detailing their professional accomplishments in a format that is optimized for a western audience, as well as by providing vital information detailing western grants, research partnerships, jobs, fellowships, meetings, publications, and other opportunities. In short, Anianet provides Chinese researchers with a “western base of operations” for the first time.
One of the most substantial problems within the research community today is the divide separating Chinese and western scholars. While the number of Chinese scholars is exploding both in absolute terms and as a percentage of authors in high-impact scientific journals, Chinese researchers find it difficult to make their interests and expertise known to western colleagues. More than 80% are not very satisfied with the visibility of their research and writing among their European and American colleagues. An equal number would like to be more knowledgeable about western research trends and opportunities. Anianet provides a bridge to this burgeoning market.
Here is how Anianet works. First, a member takes a few minutes to create a Member Profile. Membership is absolutely free, no special technical skills are required, and is open to Chinese scholars and scholars of Chinese descent working anywhere in the world. The Member Profile describes a researcher’s interests, institutional affiliation, publishing history, teaching experience, awards, collaboration histories, and other details of his professional accomplishments. A member can enhance his profile by including pictures, a CV, links to published articles and presentations, and so forth. Profiles can be easily updated by members at any time. Westerners can browse the Anianet network or search within a specific subject area to identify possible collaborators, authors, and invited speakers, or simply to get a fuller sense of who is doing what within the Chinese research community. As a means to increase the visibility of this free resource among western researchers, a number of prominent western electronic publishing and scholarly communication organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) are making their own substantial user bases aware of Anianet.
For more information, visit http://www.anianet.com.