China Doctoral Dissertations

The most comprehensive database of dissertations from China

China Doctoral Dissertations (CDMD-CDFD) full-text database provides an unparalleled look into the academic research of China’s most prestigious institutions. Offered via the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) platform, CDMD-CDFD is the most comprehensive, highest quality database of dissertations from China, representing nearly 500 PhD-granting institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture, among others.

CDMD-CDFD contains nearly 450,000 doctoral dissertations on a wide range of topics, including basic science, engineering and technology, agriculture, medicine, philosophy, and humanities and social sciences. Users can browse by subject or degree grantor, or search multiple fields in quick, basic, professional, fund or sentence search modes. CNKI’s Knowledge Network Node, literature analysis and citation analysis tools offer extended information and discovery of related content.

China Dissertations

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1984-present
  • Language: Chinese with English interface
  • Country: China
  • Frequency: Daily updates
  • Format: Full text
  • Producer: Tongfang Knowledge Network Ltd.
  • Platform: CNKI (TKN)



CDMD-CDFD contains nearly 450,000 doctoral dissertations from 497 PhD-granting institutions since 1984.

CDMD-CDFD covers all areas of research and is organized into 10 subject series:

Science and Technology Titles

  • Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics (Series A)
  • Chemistry/Metallurgy (Series B)
  • Industrial Technology/Engineering (Series C)
  • Agriculture (Series D)
  • Medicine/Health (Series E)
  • Electronics/Information Science (Series I)

Social Science and Humanities Titles

  • Literature/History/Philosophy (Series F)
  • Politics/Military Affairs/Law (Series G)
  • Education/Social Sciences (Series H)
  • Economics/Management (Series J)
Features and Functions
  • Comprehensive coverage of Chinese dissertations, covering more than 99% of all degree grantors.
  • Complete coverage of dissertations from “985 Project” and “211 Project” institutions, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agriculture, key state laboratories, etc.
  • Exclusive or sole licenses by 241 PhD-granting institutions, 74% of the total in China.
  • Systematic collection of scientific research findings from “863 Program” (National High-tech R&D Program), “973 Program” (National Basic Research Program), National Natural Science Foundation of China, and National Social Science Foundation of China, reflecting major achievements of national research programs.
  • Reflects China’s latest research achievements; updated daily and published at the latest 1.5 months after degree awarding, which is more than 10 months earlier than other similar products.
  • The only official full-text dissertations publication product with ISSN and CN codes.
  • Browse content or search multiple fields in basic, advanced, cross-database and cross-title search modes.
  • CNKI’s Knowledge Network Node, literature analysis and citation analysis tools offer extended information and discovery of related content.
  • Read content online or download by page (CAJ), chapter (PDF), or entire book (CAJ and PDF).
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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