A survey of scientists in China has found that a large majority of them use Google in their research and their work would be hampered if the search engine left the country.
The journal Nature surveyed 784 Chinese researchers and found that more than three-quarters of them use Google as their primary search engine.
More than 80 per cent of the survey’s respondents said they use Google to find academic papers and more than half of them use the Google Scholar tool to search scientific literature.
David Bousfield, a London-based information and publishing consultant, told Nature that the findings are typical of scientists working in most countries in the world.
“Google and Google Scholar have become indispensable tools for scientists,” Bousfield said.