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Chinese Watchdog Fines Academic Database CNKI For Monopolistic Practices

 |  December 29, 2022

China’s antitrust watchdog has slapped privately-owned China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) with a 87.6 million yuan (US$12.6 million) fine for monopolistic behaviour, while the nation’s biggest academic database owner awaits a cybersecurity review.

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on Monday announced a fine equivalent to 5 percent of CNKI’s 2021 revenue of 1.75 billion yuan, after a seven-month investigation that found the private company abused its dominant position in the local market.

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The CNKI platform, where the majority of Chinese scholars and students access academic papers, has imposed unreasonable price hikes on user subscriptions, SAMR said in a statement. The firm platform also forced publishers and educational institutions to work exclusively with it since 2014, violating antitrust laws, it added.