Original Articles

Distribution of the Age of Geographical Contributors in China and Japan

  • Geography and Planning School of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China

Received date: 2009-03-25

  Revised date: 2009-06-25

  Online published: 2009-08-20

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of Chian, No.40701041; The Ph.D. Program Foundation of Ministry of Education of China, No.20070558072; Measures for Special Basic Research Funds, No.2007FY140800; The Project sponsored by SRF for ROCS, SEM


Taking the example of Acta Geographica Sinica and Journal of Geographical Sciences from 2000 to 2008, this paper analyzes the characteristics of the Chinese geographers' creative age, including the average age, the main groups' age, and the peak age. In comparison with Geographical Review of Japan, it studies the institutional factors affecting the academic age and life cycle of the researchers. We can find that in China the main group of the researchers using Chinese is about 40 years old, while that using English is 30 years old. The average age of Chinese geographers using mother tongue is higher than that of Japanese geographers, while the average age of Chinese geographers using English is lower than that of Japan. This differentiation reflects the difference in the administration and idea of academic research between China and Japan. Based on the discussion of the difference, some suggestions are given to the academic construction of geography in China.

Cite this article

LIU Yun-Gang, LIU Guan-Na . Distribution of the Age of Geographical Contributors in China and Japan[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2009 , 64(8) : 1019 -1024 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200908013