Chinese Scientists losing Google 'would be like life without electricity'

A survey reveals how Chinese scientists could be affected by the stand-off between their government and the search-engine giant. "Research without Google would be like life without electricity," says Xiong Zhenqin, an ecologist at Nanjing Agricultural University in Jiangsu province. Nature surveyed Chinese researchers about how they use Google's products, and how integral it is […]

A survey reveals how Chinese scientists could be affected by the stand-off between their government and the search-engine giant. "Research without Google would be like life without electricity," says Xiong Zhenqin, an ecologist at Nanjing Agricultural University in Jiangsu province. Nature surveyed Chinese researchers about how they use Google's products, and how integral it is to their research. Of the 784 scientists who responded, more than three-quarters said they use Google as the primary search engine for their research. “84% said that losing Google would “somewhat or significantly” hamper their research; 78% said that international collaborations would be impacted in the same way. Other revealing stats from the survey include: more than 75% of Chinese scientists use Google as their primary search engine for scientific research; more than 80% use Google to find academic papers; about 60% use Google to learn about scientific discoveries or the research of other scientists; only 17% use Baidu as their primary search engine.