Tsinghua University Alexa Internet CNKI Journal Translation Project
CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
Type of site
Digital Resources Publishing
Available inChinese, English
OwnerTongfang Knowledge Network Technology Co., Ltd.;
Alexa rankIncrease2303(February 2016[1]
Current statusActive

CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure, 中国知网) is a key national research and information publishing institution in China, led by Tsinghua University, and supported by PRC Ministry of Education, PRC Ministry of Science, Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China and PRC General Administration of Press and Publication. This project was first launched in 1996 by Tsinghua University and Tsinghua Tongfang Company. The first database was China Academic Journals Full-text Database (CD version), which became popular in China rapidly, especially in academic libraries. In 1999, CNKI started to develop online databases. Until now, CNKI has built a comprehensive China Integrated Knowledge Resources System, including journals, doctoral dissertations, masters' theses, proceedings, newspapers, yearbooks, statistical yearbooks, ebooks, patents, standards and so on.[2] 10 services centers have been established in Beijing, North America, Japan, North Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and it is widely used by universities, research institutes, governments, think tanks, companies, hospitals and public libraries around the world. Also, it contains e-books for student usage.

CNKI keeps integrating new content and developing new products in 2 aspects: full-text academic resources, software on digitization and knowledge management.[clarification needed] Began[clarification needed]with academic journals, CNKI has become the largest and most accessed academic online library in China.[3][4]

In January 2013, CNKI was designated as the second agent of DOI in mainland China by International DOI Foundation, and the first one was Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China.[5]


In December 1996, former vice-premier Li Lanqing, visited CNKI when China Academic Journals Full-text Database (CD-ROM) was officially launched.

In June 1998, China Academic Journals Electronic Publishlng House (CAJEPH) was officially established, and the standardization system of Chinese academic journals was formally started.

In October 2006, China Academic Journals Full-text Integrated Database passed the review and acceptance of GAPP.

In April 2008, CNKI signed a cooperation contract with Springer.

In October 2009, CNKI unveiled the construction project of overseas digital library together with world-famous foreign partners in the 61st Frankfurt Book Fair.

In April 2012, CNKI European User Forum was held in Market Focus area of the London Book Fair.

In September 2011, Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, visited CNKI booth during the 17th Beijing International Book Fair.

In November 2013, CNKI Turkey Service Site was officially launched in the Istanbul Book Fair, with China being the Guest of Honor.

In September 2014, CNKI signed a cooperation contract with International Journal of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences.[6]

In August 2015, Luo Fuhe, deputy chairman of CPPCC, visited CNKI booth during the 22nd Beijing International Book Fair.




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  3. ^ "CNKI发展研究 — Study on the Development of CNKI". doi:10.3969/j.issn.1007-7634.2005.04.033. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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  5. ^ "DOI news" (PDF). International DOI Foundation. January 2013.
  6. ^ "IJMESS Indexing/ Abstracting/ E-Libraries and Search Coverage".