Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)

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Edited By: Degan Shu

Impact Factor: 1.996

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 74/184 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1755-6724

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Acta Geological Sinica - English Edition. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

When you have prepared your submission in accordance with the guidelines you may submit online at:

English submission system:

Chinese submission system:


1. Content. Papers should be devoted mainly to various aspects of research concerning geosciences and related disciplines, such as stratigraphy, paleontology, origin and history of the Earth, structural geology, tectonics, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology of mineral deposits, hydrogeology, engineering geology, environmental geology, regional geology and new theories and technologies of geological exploration.

2. Length of papers. Papers, including text, text figures, tables, references and plates, are normally 5000 to 10,000 words long, but shorter papers are encouraged. Printed, they generally total 6-12 pages. Longer papers can be accepted but may incur excess page charges.

3. Language of submissions. Papers must be written in English. Chinese authors are requested to submit a corresponding Chinese version for the convenience of the revisers. Pre-acceptance English-language editing: Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

4. Structure of the manuscript. The text for a long paper must include the following elements: a. title of the paper; b. author’s name, affiliation and all relevant contact address; c. abstract of no more than 200 words; d. key words; e. introduction; f. text; g. discussion; h. conclusion; i. acknowledgement; j. references; k. brief (maximum of 100 words) biographical sketch of the first author.

5. References. References cited should follow the style below. These examples include journal article and book references.

Symons, D.T.A., and Sangster, D.F., 1991. Palaeomagnetic age of …. Economic Geology, 86(1): 1-12.

Lee, J.S., 1939. The Geology of China. London: Thomas Murby and Co., 528.

Bowden, P., and Turner, D.C., 1974. Peralkaline and associated ring-complexes …. In: Sorensen, H. (ed.), The Alkaline Rocks. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 330-51.

Cheng Yuqi, Wan Yusheng, Gao Jifeng and Ma Rui, 2001. Petrographic characteristics of three anatectically transformed metamorphic rock types of the Fuping Group—Complex of the Xiaojue Region, Pingshan, Hebei. Geological Review, 47(1): 1-8 (in Chinese with English abstract).

References should be listed in alphabetic order and cited in the text with each author’s name and year of publication within parentheses. References other than English, French, Spanish and German should be translated into English, with the specific original language duly indicated.

6.Tables. Tables with text only and without graphics should be placed by the author within the text of the paper for typesetting.

7. Figures. Line drawings should be black and white paper. It is recommended that drawings are processed with CorelDraw or are readable and editable in CorelDraw. Photographs should be high-resolution files readable and editable in Adobe Photoshop.

8. Note that the author alone is responsible for the correctness of the paper. When major changes are deemed to be necessary, the Editor will consult with the author, and the manuscript may be returned to the author for approval or further clarification.

9. Offprints. Thirty printed offprints will be provided free of charge for each paper.


Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley’s OnlineOpen option. Note that all authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the specific agreement chosen, and the corresponding author must sign on their behalf.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA)

The journal's standard CTA can be downloaded here. Note that the CTA allows for self-archiving of specific versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Online Open - Wiley's Open Access Option

OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. OnlineOpen fulfills funding agency mandates that require grantees to archive the final version of their article. Wiley will also deposit your OnlineOpen article in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites.

All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Open access licenses. Authors choosing to publish using OnlineOpen will retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC-BY-NC)
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY)

Note that certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] require publication under the Creative Commons Attribution licence, this licence is available to all authors publishing in the journal.

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Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.

Nominating which publication agreement to sign

After acceptance the journal’s editorial office will ask you which terms you would like to publish under, either the terms of the copyright transfer agreement or OnlineOpen terms. If you select OnlineOpen you will need to nominate which Creative Commons license you would like to use so that they Editorial office can provide you with the correct license agreement to sign. The open access publication fee of US$3000 will need to be paid via the OnlineOpen Form, instructions to do so will be provided once author's have confirmed with the Editorial Office that they wish to publish using OnlineOpen.

Author Guidelines Updated 23 November 2015