A comprehensive resource of English-language content from China

AcademicFocus (AF) is a comprehensive resource of English-language content from China, including original English-language academic journals published in mainland China, select content from top Chinese academic journals translated into English, and English-language proceedings from conferences held in mainland China, providing professional readers with Chinese academic viewpoints and scientific research findings beyond the research of other common databases. Offered via the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) platform, this resource compiles China’s foremost social science and STM achievements in English for overseas enterprises, colleges, and academic research institutions. AcademicFocus features professional editing, intelligent push for new and relevant content, and an intuitive English-language user interface, making research more effective and efficient.

In the humanities and social sciences, AcademicFocus collects journals sponsored by top Chinese universities and government think tanks such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and provides first-hand research materials about modern Chinese studies, traditional Chinese culture, and Chinese scholars’ views on international issues.

With topics concerning science and technology, AcademicFocus includes journals sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Association for Science and Technology, and top universities of science and technology, helping readers keep abreast of cutting-edge Chinese fundamental research, basic applied research, and advanced engineering technologies.

AcademicFocus is one of 40 databases offered through East View’s China Research Gateway. Launched in 2022, China Research Gateway (CRG) transforms library access to Chinese resources by combining 40 databases into one package, supported by an accessible and user-friendly English-language portal. To learn more about CRG, please visit the CRG home page.

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1935-present
  • Language: English
  • Number of Titles: over 400 journals, 6,000 conference proceedings
  • Frequency: Bimonthly updates
  • Format: Full text
  • Producer: Tongfang Knowledge Network Ltd.
  • Platform: CNKI (TKN)

AcademicFocus Content

Academic Journals

  • Over 190 original English-language journals published in China
  • Select articles from over 250 top Chinese academic journals translated into English
  • Over 300,000 articles total
  • Longest time span of English journals from China, with the earliest journals tracing back to 1935

Conference Proceedings

  • Over 6,000 proceedings of conferences, from 1985 on
  • Over 515,000 papers total

Content in AcademicFocus is categorized among 10 series, 168 subjects, and over 3,000 sub-subjects, according to Chinese Library Classification:

  • Mathematics/Physics/Mechanics/Astronomy
  • Chemistry/Metallurgy/Environment/Mine Industry
  • Architecture/Energy/Traffic/Electromechanics
  • Agriculture
  • Medicine & Public Health
  • Literature/History/Philosophy
  • Politics/Military Affairs/Law
  • Education & Social Sciences
  • Electronic Technology & Information Science
  • Economics & Management

A partial list of titles and holdings can be downloaded below; please contact us for more details or to request a trial.

About China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI)

CNKI is the world’s most comprehensive online resource for accessing China’s intellectual output. This powerful platform is the product of Tongfang Knowledge Network, Beijing, and encompasses academic journals, dissertations, conference papers, news, and many other resources that put the knowledge of China in the sciences and humanities at your fingertips. With tens of millions of articles and growing every day, CNKI is a foundation for any serious research on China. CNKI is hosted in the United States by East View and updated daily.

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