How Paperpal is Enhancing Academic Productivity and Accelerating Research in China

by Elizabeth Oommen George
How Paperpal is Enhancing Academic Productivity and Accelerating Research in China

Paperpal, by Editage, has emerged as a trusted AI academic writing assistant for more than 800,000 authors worldwide, supporting them from the ideation stage all the way to submission readiness for journals. It blends over 21 years of STM experience with cutting-edge AI technology to provide comprehensive writing, language editing, and submission readiness support that boosts their chances of successful publication.  

Students and researchers from China’s top universities, government organizations, and research institutions are using Paperpal to enhance their writing and submit their work for publication in leading academic publications. In this case study, we delve into how Paperpal is transforming the writing process for academics in China, ensuring high-quality writing, saving hours of time for research, and enhancing their overall productivity

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Challenges in Writing for Academics in China

Academic writing comes with its unique set of challenges, particularly for non-native English speaking researchers. A PLOS survey showed that as compared to native English speakers, those with low English proficiency take as much as 91% more time to read English language papers and 51% more time to write a paper in English.1 This was supported by another study on English academic writing in China, which revealed that while Chinese academics were often clear on what and how to write, almost half of them wrote in Chinese first and then translated it into English.2

Chinese researchers also find it difficult to access efficient proofreading and accurate translation support. They typically wait for busy peers and seniors for help in reviewing their  work or are forced to rely on professional services that cost them time and money. These time-consuming and often expensive processes may cause delays in research publication and reduced academic productivity. While there are many AI tools available today, very few are tailored to understand and enhance the academic writing process in particular. This is where Paperpal emerges as a reliable writing partner for Chinese researchers. With its comprehensive feature suite that provides human precision at machine speed, it helps Chinese academics write confidently and deliver high-quality English writing. 

Paperpal: The All-in-One Writing Assistant for Academic Success

Enter Paperpal: Your One Stop for Excellence in Academic Writing

Paperpal, the all-in-one AI academic writing assistant, has been used and loved by more than 13,800 students, professors, and medical professionals in China. From Paperpal’s extensive suite of checks and generative AI features, Chinese students and researchers found real-time language checks, precise academic translation, paraphrasing assistance, academic tone support, and research article outline features to be the most useful among many other features to assist you in your writing journey. With these features, Paperpal has enabled academics in China to overcome linguistic hurdles in the writing process, polish their writing quality, and increase productivity.  

Top 5 Paperpal Features Used by Chinese Researchers

Paperpal Impact: Accelerating Academic Excellence and Boosting Productivity

Committed to providing researchers in China with a more streamlined academic writing experience, Paperpal has introduced a number of features and capabilities, which has transformed the path to academic success for Chinese researchers. 

Growth in Number of Paperpal Users in China

Fueled by a user-friendly website that provides all relevant details in Chinese and localized payment options, Paperpal has seen a steady rise in the number of users from China from July 2022 to April 2024. Academics in China have created more than 29,000 documents on Paperpal, using it to translate and improve their content within a matter of minutes. 

More Chinese Researchers are Using Paperpal

In addition, Chinese researchers also uploaded 26,527 manuscripts to Paperpal Preflight and benefitted from the customized submission readiness checks before submitting to reputed journals; this accounts for an impressive 24.6% of total uploads globally.  

Hours of Time Saved to Increase Productivity

Academics in China have used Paperpal’s language correction to enhance over 43 million words. This could have effectively saved them more than one million minutes in proofreading time*, considering that experts can proofread approximately 2,500 words per hour.  

Paperpal Delights Chinese Researchers with Improved Quality & Productivity

In addition to using Paperpal for improved language, Chinese researchers have also used it to instantly translate over 700,000 words. This could have saved them more than 67,000 hours of translation time*, considering experts can translate 2,000 words per day. No wonder that our Translation feature received a 100% positive rating for its fast, accurate, and clear translations, that is, ALL the users from China who rated this feature found it useful and gave it a thumbs up

Paperpal Saves Time for Chinese Researchers with Fast, Accurate Translations

* These are only preliminary estimations based on the real-time processed volumes by Paperpal and the assumption of an average human proofreading/translation speed. 

Adoption by Students at Top Institutions in China

Paperpal has seen high registrations and paid users among Chinese students from six top universities in China, as per the 2024 Times Higher Education China University Rankings.3 These include the country’s most prominent institutions, such as: 

  • Tsinghua University 
  • Peking University 
  • Fudan University 
  • Zhejiang University 
  • University of Science and Technology China 
  • Nanjing University 

Powering Research Excellence and Innovation

Apart from the top Chinese universities, Paperpal has also won the trust of research professionals from government organizations and leading institutions, including:  

  • 301 Hospital, the largest comprehensive military hospital in China 
  • Shengjjng Hospital of China 
  • Peking University Cancer Hospital and Institute 
  • Biotech Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd., one of the top pharma companies in the country. 

Paperpal is a trusted tool for researchers looking to publish in reputed scientific publishers. Chinese researchers, especially in the field of medicine, found Paperpal Preflight’s pre-submission checks especially useful to polish and submit their work to prestigious publishers, which include the following: 

  • Wolters Kluwer  
  • IOP Publishing 
  • IEEE 
  • Karger 
  • Wiley 
  • Taylor & Franics 
  • Emerald 
  • American Association for Cancer Research 
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology 
  • Cambridge University Press 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 

Winning the Trust of Chinese Researchers

As the number of Chinese students, researchers, and professionals using Paperpal increases, so does the trust that it receives. In fact, Paperpal has an outstanding Net Promotor Score of 75, especially for its AI translation and academic writing enhancements, which reflects high satisfaction levels and strong recommendations from Chinese academics.

Paperpal is the Preferred AI Writing Tool for Chinese Researchers

Paperpal is continually developing and adding new AI features to transform the academic writing journey, and we take pride in earning the love and trust of our users. Read what two of our users from China have to say about Paperpal’s ease of use, accuracy, and effectiveness: 

Mr. Ye, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, said, “The language editing feature works well, easily identifying grammatical problems and categorizing errors to give a basis for revision. The Rewrite feature has some weight reduction effect. I was very impressed and have recommended it to students who are still writing their first SCI.”  

Liu Lu, PhD at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said, “Paperpal is a writing tool with strong academic attributes, translating and transcribing terms accurately, and then juxtaposing the language editing and synonym replacement features to bring up the depth and richness of the manuscript. Those who write papers will feel like they found treasure.”

Paperpal is transforming the tedious process of academic writing for Chinese students and researchers, empowering them to write better, faster, and in an ethical manner. By automating necessary checks and simplifying each step in the writing journey, Paperpal is helping to save researchers’ time while enabling them to write high-quality content and improve their productivity. This, in turn, helps researchers focus on their research, fueling academic excellence and moving them closer to publishing success. Paperpal also brings major benefits for universities, organizations, and publishers, helping them nurture an environment of excellence and growth that enables them to contribute to and further advance science. 

It’s time to experience the advantage Paperpal brings to your academic writing. Start writing with Paperpal for free now or write to for more details, and we’ll be happy to help!


  1. Amano T, Ramírez-Castañeda V, Berdejo-Espinola V, Borokini I, Chowdhury S, Golivets M, et al. (2023) The manifold costs of being a non-native English speaker in science. PLoS Biol 21(7): e3002184.  
  2. Liu, M. Problems and Solutions in Response to Postgraduates’ English Academic Writing – A Case of SWPU. Journal of Education and Educational Research. ISSN: 2957-9465 | Vol. 3, No. 3, 2023 
  3. Best universities in China 2024, Times Higher Education University Rankings. Available online at

Paperpal is a comprehensive AI writing toolkit that helps students and researchers achieve 2x the writing in half the time. It leverages 21+ years of STM experience and insights from millions of research articles to provide in-depth academic writing, language editing, and submission readiness support to help you write better, faster. 

Get accurate academic translations, rewriting support, grammar checks, vocabulary suggestions, and generative AI assistance that delivers human precision at machine speed. Try for free or upgrade to Paperpal Prime starting at US$19 a month to access premium features, including consistency, plagiarism, and 30+ submission readiness checks to help you succeed. 

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