SOAS University of London

Follow up statement from Editor on censorship of the journal's articles in China

21 August 2017

Following a meeting with officers from Cambridge University Press (CUP), The China Quarterly has been informed that CUP intends to repost immediately the articles removed from its website in China. CUP had previously taken down 315 articles following an “instruction” from a Chinese import agency without the consent of The China Quarterly.

As Editor, I would like to express my support for CUP’s decision to repost the articles. It comes after a justifiably intense reaction from the global academic community and beyond. Access to published materials of the highest quality is a core component of scholarly research. It is not the role of respected global publishing houses such as CUP to hinder such access. The China Quarterly will continue to publish articles that make it through our rigorous, double-blind peer review regardless of topic or sensitivity. Our publication criteria will not change: scientific rigour and the contribution to knowledge about China.

Tim Pringle
The China Quarterly