Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (8): 1069-1076.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201408004

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An investigation to the evolutionary history of Acta Geographica Sinica over the past 80 years

Zheng WANG(), Yanshuo ZHU   

  1. Institute of Policy and Management, CAS, Beijing 100190, China
  • Received:2014-04-23 Revised:2014-07-28 Online:2014-08-20 Published:2014-08-20


This paper reviews and comments the evolutionary history of Acta Geographica Sinica by papers over the past 80 years. In the article, we find that Chinese geography has experienced four stages of development: the period 1934-1948, the rise from exploration of modern geography in a hard time; the period 1949-1966, Chinese geography underwent a scientific and systematic process; from 1978 to 2000, Chinese geography put itself into the flourishing stage by closely serving the national economic development needs; since 2000, China has focused on geographical innovation, and tends to be increasingly international. By analyzing the current papers in Acta Geographica Sinica, we believe that the future Chinese geographical science should be not only integrated into the development of world geography, but also have a profound influence on Chinese culture and become one of the international geographical pioneers.

Key words: Acta Geographica Sinica, history of science, China