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[Correspondence] Evaluation of doctors in China: imperative changes are required

An important assessment factor used in the appraisal system for doctors in China is the publication of articles listed in the Science Citation Index, which has put considerable pressure on those in the profession. This aspect of assessment has caused controversy in China for many years.1,2 In April, 2017, the large-scale withdrawal of Chinese articles from Tumor Biology3 sparked debate nationwide. Some members of the scientific community are demanding severe condemnation of the authors, whereas some argue that their decision to entrust manuscript revision and submission to third parties was forgivable.