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Google is important to Chinese scientists, says study

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More than three-quarters of Chinese scientists use Google as the primary search engine for their research. Over 80 per cent use the search engine to find academic papers; nearly 60 per cent use it to get information about scientific discoveries or other scientists’ research programmes; and more than half use the literature search Google Scholar.

These are some of the findings of a survey by the journal Nature, which has been examining the potential impact of the stand-off between Google and the Chinese government if they lost access to the search engine and its related products.

The survey results are free to access online for one week.