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9月22日,答辩结束;10月22日,MINOR REVISION结束。。。

我的PhD生活也基本到了尾声。

把博士论文致谢发上来,纪念这段甘苦日子,

也感谢一路上的老师和朋友。。。。

It has been almost three years since I chose to explore the study area of academic journal publishing for my dissertation. I can still remember that late fall afternoon in 2006 when I stepped into my advisor’s office and caught him leafing though a handful of reference memos that stifled the original idea of this whole thesis. Along with the progress of this project, I have accumulated a great many personal and institutional debts. While some people have read draft chapters and forced me to think hard and work hard, others have had a more diffuse influence through discussions on specific topics or helped me in getting through the difficulties and depressions in my Ph.D. life.


I am immensely grateful to my advisor Professor Lee Chin-Chuan. From his research and supervision, I learned the importance of situating social practices within the larger context, moving from theory to data back and forth, and constantly making comparisons to build theoretical accounts. His patient, insightful guidance is woven throughout, from the inception, through the field work and all the way to the writing. As the first readers for much of this, he spent many hours editing the drafts line by line. I am so fortunate in having him as my role model in the scholarly inquiry.


I owe a special debt to Dr. He Zhou at our department and Dr. Francis Lee at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who sat on both panels of my qualifying stage and the final defense. They dedicated their generous support to reformulating the research questions, improving the research design, and sharpening my preliminary arguments. They helped me to keep plugging away and improve the work all along. Dr. He pointed me to the extreme importance of developing a coherent theoretical scheme. Dr. Francis has a remarkable gift for inspiring people by raising critical and pertinent questions. This has made all the conversations at the Garden Café and his home in Yuen Long become rewarding experiences and unforgettable memories of the all-powerful brainstorming.


Professor Chang Tsan Kuo acted as one of my examiners but went far beyond the call of duty in offering insights and help. In a departmental seminar, He first reminded me of the possibility to examine the implication of journal gatekeeping for the validity of knowledge. During the examination process, he wrote down detailed and constructive comments on nearly every page of my dissertation. These enlightening comments help to not only clear up some confusing points, and also highlight some key scenarios in my telling of a theoretical story.


Special thanks also to Prof. He Jianping at Southwest University of Political Science and Law and to Prof. Li Ling at Sichuan University for their heart-warming guide and encouragement over the years. I acknowledge the gifts of testimony received here and those who have helped me generously get access to the informants: Prof. Huang Dan, Dr. Zhou Baohua at Fudan University and Prof. Chen Lidan at Renmin University. I am also indebted to all the editors and researchers who generously gave me their time and insights in the in-depth interviews. Given the prior promise of anonymity, I cannot herein put down their names. This thesis, however, could not have been written without these “nameless” contributors.


Huang Shunming deserves profound gratitude. He introduced me to the field site where I conducted a one-month observation. He shared with me many observations and insights about the higher education in mainland China which permeated into my analysis throughout the whole process. Zhang Jinguang and Zhong Zhijin proofread my draft proposals and participated regularly in the discussions in which the thesis took shape. Song Yunya and Zhang Wei provided valuable feedback on some of the manuscript, especially Chapter Two and Chapter Four. I also want to thank my friends and classmates at the department, especially Shi Lin, Song Jing, Yan Yan, Lin Gongcheng, Cui Li, Li Linbo, Peng Taiquan, Xiong Zhuang, who forged a small “invisible college” and a home-like environment that enriched my life and thinking in Hong Kong in many ways.


Thanks to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at City U for a grant that covered the stipend and travel expenses of my field work in several Chinese cities from May to July in 2008. The School of Graduate Studies provided me with a proofreading grant and a conference grant that enabled me to present part of the findings at ICA 2009 annual convention in Chicago.


Last—and most—my family is a constant source of energy and delight. Though my parents do not know much about my specialty and research, they are still very proud and supportive of their son. My girlfriend and now my wife, Liu Ye, and I lived in different cities for almost three years. The only way to nurture and sustain our love is by making phone calls every night. That was not easy, but fortunately we made it. Her caring, trust and devotion are always with me, especially during those tough days when I got exhausted and frustrated.
Though so many people contribute to my dissertation in this or that way, I am solely responsible for any errors and imperfection that remain.   

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