“学术” means “academic,” and “裁缝” refers to “seamsters.” As seamsters are those who knit and sew, Chinese netizens use this term as a metaphor to refer to those researchers who cannot do original research but submit papers by copying from various sources.
Nǐmen xì de lǎoshī shuǐpíng zěnmeyàng？
How do you evaluate the teachers of your department professionally?
Dàbùfen rén nénglì hěn qiáng，dàn yě yǒu yīliǎnggè xuéshù cáiféng。
Most are talented, but one or two cannot do original research and submit papers by copying from various sources.