Using statistical method, the author analyzed the citation rate of articles published in Chinese Science Bulletin (CSB) between 1995 and 1999 in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) databases. Results indicated that: 1. Majority of authors who published in CSB were Chinese; 2. The articles were
basically cited by the authors themselves in the first year after publication; 3. The peak of total citation rate appeared
in the third year after publication and the peak of non-self-citation rate was further delayed. There are relatively high
self-citation rates of articles from CSB and most of these citations are from Chinese scientific journals. This indicates
that our citation environment is limited to a closed circle. The author, therefore, proposed a strategy for changing the current
conditions of Chinese scientific journals to raise their influence.