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Started publication in January 1957, Academic Monthly. In March, 1958, under the leadership of Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, as an academic mass organization, Shanghai Federation of Social Science Associations (SFOSSA) was established, for promoting and coordinating the city’s social sciences studies and popularization as its main task, and Academic Monthly became its organ. The successive chairmen of SFOSSA are Chen Wangdao, Xia Zhengnong, Luo Zhufeng, Li Chuwen, Qin Shaode, and the present chairman is Wang Zhan, the present Leading Party Group secretary is Wang Weisong; the full-time deputy chairmen are Wang Weisong, Ren Xiaowen; the members of the Leading Party Group include Wang Weisong, Ren Xiaowen and Chen Linhui. During the “Cultural Revolution” period, SFOSSA stopped activity. In 1978, SFOSSA resumed its function, and Academic Monthly also resumed publication in January, 1979.
Academic Monthly has been highly valued and extensively supported by Chinese academia. Guo Moruo, a prestigious scholar, autographed his calligraphy for the title of this journal. In the process of its establishing and resuming, near a hundred predecessors, experts and scholars, such as Shen Zhiyuan, Wang Yafu, Shi Xiaochong, Xu Jie, Liu Fonian, Wu Chengxi, Wu Wenqi, Shang Ding, Zhou Gucheng, Zhou Yuanbing, Cao Weifeng, Cao Manzhi, Feng Qi, Liu Dajie, Shen Yinmo, Shu Shicheng, Song Yuanfang, Li Pingxin, Li Yanong, Luo Zhufeng, Zhou Yutong, Zhou Kang, Jin Zhonghua, Chen Wenbin, Chen Shoushi, Chen Yusun, Meng Xiancheng, Hu Quyuan, Tang Tao, Huang Yifeng, Shu Xincheng, Yang Kuan, Qi Qisheng, Cai Beihua, Wang Meizheng, Qiao Bin, Wu Ze, Wang Xuzhuang, Zhang Xunhua, Xu Zhongyu, Zhang Hengzhong, Fu Jizhong, Ding Zhenyan,
Ma Da, Wang Wei, Fang Zhong, Ma Feihai, Jiang Lan, Zhu Dongren, Sun Huairen, Shen Yixing, Chen Jingxuan, Li Zuochang, Li Peinan, Li Junmin, Li Chuwen, Lu Zhiren, Hang Wei, Jin Shunyao, Zheng Xinyong, Hu Shaoming, Zhong Wangyang, Shi Ping, Xia Yulong, Yao Nai, Xu Lun, Xu Panqiu, Shu Wen, Jiang Xuemo, Zeng Leshan, Lan Ying, Cai Shangsi, et al, have served as standing members or members of the editorial board. The successive editors-in-chief have been Zhou Yuanbing, Wang Yafu, Zhang Hengzhong, Huang Yingshu, Wang Bangzuo, Tian Weiping, and Jin Fulin. The present editor-in-chief is Jiang Youfu. Among them, Wang Yafu had been the editor-in-chief for a long time of 30 years, and made important contribution for the establishment, growing-up and development of Academic Monthly.
Since its establishment, Academic Monthly has always been guided by Marxism and its results of Chinese practical innovative theory, self-encouraged with an self-expectation of academic ethos of “daring to be a path-finder in academic field, being able to contain various schools of learning”, of honest and sincerity, and of transcending bearing. It takes as its own responsibility to thrive and develop Chinese philosophy and social sciences, to actively carry out the policy of “letting a hundred flowers blossom, and a hundred schools of thought contend”, to persist in “taking root in academics, guarding thought, and going deep into the time” as its direction, and to pay great attention to academic accumulation, heritage and to advocate theoretical rennovation, laying emphasis on reflecting our country’s development, academic frontier issues and vital academic achievements in the process of constructing socialist modernization. The manuscripts for publication covers the basic principles of humanities and social sciences, such as Marxist theory, philosophy, economics, literature, history, politics, law, and sociology, etc.
In 2003 and 2005 respectively, Academic Monthly won the second and the third “Nomination Award for National Outstanding Journals” issued by Press and Publication General Administration. In 2009, Academic Monthly was chosen as “The Most Influential Journal in Past 60 Years of the People’s Republic of China” by China Association of Journals. In 2012, Academic Monthly was listed in the first batch of financially supported journals by National Philosophy and Social Sciences Planning Office; in 2013, 2015 and 2017, the title of national “A Hundred Best Newspapers and Journals”; in 2016, the title of “A Hundred Best Chinese Journals Distribution Overseas”; in 2018, the fourth “Nomination Award for Journals Publication by Chinese Government”; in 2021, the fifth “Chinese Government Award of Publication for Journals”. The journal has been chosen as “East China Outstanding Journal” for many times.
Academic Monthly is a stable source journal in Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index (CSSCI), and was listed in “C100 Journal Catalogue (2018)”. In Peking University’s Chinese Kernel Journals Principle Titles Collection (2020) , it was listed the third place in the part of “Comprehensive Humanities and Social Sciences” (journals of the institutions of higher learning included). In Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Chinese Humanity and Social Sciences Kernel Journals Principle Titles Collection (2018), Academic Monthly was chosen as an authoritative journal of “comprehensive humanity and social sciences”. In 2020, it was chosen by Wuhan University Chinese Science Review and Studies Center as “RCCSE Chinese Authoritative Academic Journal (A+)”, and was listed at the first place for “comprehensive journals of humanities”.
From 2006 to 2020, Academic Monthly had 15 years in series ranged at the top of similar journals nationwide for its total number of theses reprinted or in digest form reprinted at the second-time important data transmitting platform, such as Xinhua Digest, Chinese Social Sciences Digest, Renmin University of China Newspapers and Journals Duplication Data, China University Academic Abstracts, etc. Moreover, in 2003, Academic Monthly initiated an event of choosing “Ten Major Academic Focuses” , co-sponsored with Wenhui Book Review at first, then with Guangming Daily Department of Theory and Renmin University of China Books and Newspapers Data Center in 2006 and 2011 respectively. The hitherto 18 times of successful holding have aroused extensive solicitude from the whole society, and enjoyed fame and influence in Chinese faculties of humanity and social sciences studies and the circle of academic publication.