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We are pleased to announce the launch of Anianet, a free professional network for Chinese scientists, professors, and other scholarly professionals. While the Chinese academic market has continued to explode (there are now as many accredited universities in China as America, and China produces three times more engineering PH.D.'s annually than the United States), China's brightest minds have largely remained disconnected from the international research community. On both sides of the divide, 4 in 5 researchers are unhappy with the lack of collaboration. This matters. Research teams that could be working in concert to cure H1N1 and other diseases instead operate in parallel. Theorists from east and west who might collaborate on new economic models to guard against global recessions instead remain siloed, working without benefit of each other's knowledge. Anianet addresses this divide by encouraging Chinese intellectuals to create free, English language profiles highlighting their interests and achievements. Western research teams, editors, meeting organizers, and funding agencies now have a resource upon which they can rely to discern who is who within the Chinese scholarly community.

San Francisco, CA, October 15, 2009 -- With a goal of reducing the barriers separating Chinese researchers from their counterparts in the United States and Europe, Anianet, Inc., today officially announces the launch of the Anianet professional network ( Tens of thousands of Chinese scientists, professors, and other scholarly professionals are currently conducting vital, groundbreaking work. Anianet integrates these Chinese intellectuals into the international community by providing a platform to create free English-language profiles detailing their professional accomplishments in a format that is optimized for a western audience, as well as by providing vital information detailing western grants, research partnerships, jobs, fellowships, meetings, publications, and other opportunities. In short, Anianet provides Chinese researchers with a "western base of operations" for the first time.

One of the most substantial problems within the research community today is the divide separating Chinese and western scholars. While the number of Chinese scholars is exploding both in absolute terms and as a percentage of authors in high-impact scientific journals, Chinese researchers find it difficult to make their interests and expertise known to western colleagues. More than 80% are not very satisfied with the visibility of their research and writing among their European and American colleagues. An equal number would like to be more knowledgeable about western research trends and opportunities. Anianet provides a bridge to this burgeoning market.

Anianet launched in preview mode late this summer, and already thousands of Chinese scholars-- in fields ranging from architectural design to zoology-- have created Anianet profiles. "Anianet is a valuable resource that helps me connect to the international research community in a new and important way," says Dr. Lianwen Jin, Dean of the Department of Information Engineering at South China University of Technology. "I appreciate being able to present my interests and achievements to a western audience. I also find the Anianet news feed does a great job in keeping me up to date on what is happening in my field." Anianet has received statements of support in its mission to bring Chinese and western scholars closer together from a number of prominent organizations, including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Biochemical Society, and the Institute of Physics.

Here is how Anianet works. First, a member takes a few minutes to create a Member Profile. Membership is absolutely free, no special technical skills are required, and is open to Chinese scholars and scholars of Chinese descent working anywhere in the world. The Member Profile describes a researcher's interests, institutional affiliation, publishing history, teaching experience, awards, collaboration histories, and other details of his professional accomplishments. A member can enhance his profile by including pictures, a CV, links to published articles and presentations, and so forth. Profiles can be easily updated by members at any time. Westerners can browse the Anianet network or search within a specific subject area to identify possible collaborators, authors, and invited speakers, or simply to get a fuller sense of who is doing what within the Chinese research community. As a means to increase the visibility of this free resource among western researchers, a number of prominent western electronic publishing and scholarly communication organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) are making their own substantial user bases aware of Anianet

In addition to highlighting professional interests and achievements in an encapsulated format designed to appeal to western editors, reviewers, and funding agencies, members use Anianet as a means to better connect with the goings-on in their field. What conferences are upcoming? What breakthroughs have just been published in a journal or reported in the mainstream media? What visiting fellowships and grant opportunities have recently been announced? Anianet collects this information from a variety of sources and makes it available to members automatically on their profile pages. Members are notified only of that information that is relevant to them - microbiologists get microbiology information, political theorists get political theory information, and so forth. These information feeds help Chinese researchers understand and keep track of global developments and opportunities in their field.

"We are already seeing how a vibrant English-language professional network can help Chinese scholars connect with western collaborators, get published in top journals, and become more tightly entwined with their international research communities," says Anianet founder and CEO Greg Tananbaum. "On the western side, Anianet is emerging as a go-to resource to better understand who is who in the Chinese scientific space. We look forward to continuing to shrink the world."

About Anianet, Inc.:
Anianet, Inc., is a privately held company led by professionals with more than 50 years' combined experience at the intersection of technology, content, and academia. Its headquarters are located in the San Francisco bay area. Anianet is ably supported in its advertising sales efforts by The Charlesworth Group, which has a successful record of forging Chinese relationships and creating business opportunities for western organizations in China.


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