Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)

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Edited By: Degan Shu

Impact Factor: 1.406

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 92/174 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1755-6724

Author Guidelines

Guidance For Contributors

1. Papers should be devoted mainly to various aspects of research concerning geosciences and related disciplines in China, 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. Those of scientific interest to the geological community in China or of international interest are also welcome.

2. Only unpublished original papers, not simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere, will be accepted, and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Line drawings should be made in black ink on white paper or on transparent film. Originals should not be greater than A4 size and lettering should be capable of being reduced to up to 60%. It is recommended that drawings are processed with CorelDraw or are readable and editable in CorelDraw. Photographs should be glossy prints or high-resolution files readable and editable in Adobe Photoshop. Tables with text only and without graphics should be placed by the author within the text of the paper for typesetting.

8. A paper should be submitted in 3 hard copies along with an electronic copy. Always retain a copy of all materials submitted as backup. When the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author should revise the manuscript according to the opinion of the Editor. Papers are preferably processed in the format of Microsoft Word 2000 or lower. Text documents are also acceptable. Number illustrations carefully in soft pencil on the back.

9. The author alone is responsible for the correctness of his 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.

10. Thirty reprints will be provided free of charge for each paper.

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