About Science Times Media Group (STMG)
Science Times Media Group (STMG)is a leading media group consisted of two newspapers, two magazines, two websites and a research center. They are Science Times, Internet, Science News Biweekly, Science Life Weekly, www.cas.cn (official website of CAS), www.sciencenet.cn, Institute for Science Communication of China.
STMG’s mission is to promote the public’s understanding of science, technology, health and environment, to raise the awareness level of the public on important science and technology issues, and to engage the public in policy-making.
STMG is co-sponsored by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
Science Times, STMG’s flagship, is a preeminent national daily with a circulation of nearly 100,000 and covers 32 provinces of China. It relies on the unique source of more than one thousand members of CAS and CAE and has built a great reputation in the Chinese science community. Established in January 1959, Science Times’ predecessor Science News was originally created as the official news bulletin of CAS. As the first science and technology newspaper and one of the first professional newspapers of China, it helped to shape the model of science reporting in China. With rapid modernization and economical growth in China, there is an increasing demand from the public for quality reporting. To meet the demand, In1999 the newspaper evolved into a broadsheet daily which covers wide issues of science, health, medicine and environment. Science Times also publishes several weeklies: Science and Health Weekly, Science & Culture Biweekly, Reading Weekly, Higher Education Weekly, Regions Biweekly, and Exploiter Weekly.
ScienceNet.cn, another flagship of STMG, was launched in January 2007. In a very short period of one year, it has grown into the leading portal website for Chinese science community. It provides timely and reliable science news, abundant and valuable classified information, and an interactive platform of BBS and Blog.
Science News Biweekly, launched in January 1999, was the official magazine of CAS. Science News Biweekly, launched in 1998, is a leading source of local services for Beijing residents. Institute for Science Communication of China, founded in 2007, carries out many key-note research projects on science communication.
STMG has rich experiences with cooperation with international organizations. Currently we have co-operations in content with some leading science organizations such as AAAS, Nature Publishing Group, and Reed Elsevier, etc. We also work closely with many foreign organizations like British Council, RCUK, Bosch Foundation, SciDev and foreign embassies to China, etc.
Brief History of STMG
Established in January 1959, Science Times’ predecessor Science News was originally created as the official news bulletin of CAS. As the first science and technology newspaper and one of the first professional newspapers of China China, it helped to shape the model of science reporting in China China. It quickly established its reputation as the most authoritative source of Chinese science news.
Its publication was interrupted in August 1966 when Cultural Revolution broke out. On Nov. 2nd, 1979, it resumed its publication. As science and technology have been promoted as the essential factor in the revival of China , the Chinese government invests heavily in the section. And Science News took advantage of the huge development of Chinese science and grew at a fast pace.
In 1980, its staff was consisted of 14 full-time editors and reporters.
In May 1984, it set up a national network of 5 bureaus and employed 40 staff.
1985 was the first year when Science News was distributed nation-wide and its subscription reached 50,000.
By 1986, Science News’ national network was consisted of 18 bureaus.
In 1987, a survey carried out by Xinhua News Agency on the Conference of the Third World Academy of Sciences showed that 80% of the Chinese scientists regarded Science News as the most reliable and authoritative source of science news in Chinese media.
In January 1989, Science News changed its name to Chinese Science News.
In July 1993, Chinese Science News launched its international edition in more than 30 countries and regions. In the United States alone, more than 700 university libraries provided its readers with Chinese Science News. Unfortunately, its publication didn’t last long.
In May 1995, Chinese Science News began to cooperate with Science magazine of AAAS.
Between June and September 1996, more than 60 university presidents in China jointly recommended Chinese Science News to college students. Their recommendation letter read: “There is a highly influential science and education newspaper in China--- Chinese Science News. Unfortunately, it is not very well known among our teachers and students. Actually, it is truly one of our favorite newspapers.”
In July 2001, the official website of CAS www.cas.cn was assigned to STMG by the Bureau of General Affair of CAS.
In autumn 1996, Science magazine published an article that highly praised the Chinese Science News’s exposure of pseudo-science.
In April 1998 STMG launched a new magazine Science Life Weekly, which has become the leading information source of local services in Beijing .
In early 1998, Chinese Science News started to cooperate with Nature Publishing Group.
On January 1st 1999, Chinese Science News changed its named to Science Times and was consisted of 8 pages.
On January 15th 1999, Science News Biweekly magazine was launched.
On June 17th 1999, STMG moved from the headquarter building of CAS to its current office building.
On January 2nd, 2000, Chinese Science Weekly was laughed in the United States , a joint-venture by STMG and China Press, the leading Chinese American Publication in the United States It had 12 pages and printed with full colors and complicated Chinese. Its publication ended in January 2004.
In October 2006, sponsorship of STMG was shifted from CAS alone to CAS, CAE and NSFC jointly.
In December 2006, www.scincenet.cn, a new strategic venture emphasizing online science news was launched as a portal website for Chinese science community.
In January 2009, Science News Biweekly was re-launched as a news magazine devoted to professional scientists. It has become one of the most unique and high-impact media in the chinese science community
Nowadays STMG has developed into a media group consisted of one newspaper, two magazines and two websites. They are Science Times, Science News Biweekly, Science Life Weekly, www.cas.cn (official website of CAS) and www.sciencenet.cn.
In May 1995, Chinese Science News began to cooperate with Science magazine. Science magazine authorized Chinese Science News to translate the latest important scientific developments reported in Science magazine in a new section titled “Science Brief”. The section soon became one of the most important channels for the Chinese science community to learn about the outside world.
In October 2007, Chinese Science News and the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of Science magazine, entered into a special collaborative agreement to share science news content. This ongoing agreement reflects the two organizations’ mutual respect and interests in disseminating the latest research news.The two sections’ immediate and lasting popularity ensures the continuous cooperation between the two parties till today.
In early 1998, Chinese Science News also started to cooperate with Nature magazine, whose Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the Asian Pacific Region visited China several times within the year and had a series of meetings with STMG leaders. As a result, two new sections “Nature Highlight”, “Nature Journal Highlights” were launched to introduce the most significant discoveries covered in Nature to Chinese science community. In December 2003 and November 2004, STMG helped Nature magazine publish and distribute two special issues: China Voices I & II.
In November 2007, STMG formed a long-term strategic partnership with Reed Elsevier, the leading publisher of the world. STMG promised to use it media resource to help to promote Reed Elsevier in the mainland of China.
Together the partnership launched the paper channel on ScienceNet.cn. Elsevier provides papers that represent the breakthroughs of the science community while ScienceNet.cn introduces these achievements to the public in the form of news. Leaders from each party are also invited as senior consultants of the other parity.
We also work closely with many foreign organizations like British Council, RCUK, Bosch Foundation, SciDev and foreign embassies to China, etc.