ISSN 2096-7780 CN 10-1665/P

Instruction to Authors

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Aim: The journal aims to publish scientific and technological achievements in earthquake science research, exchange information on earthquake monitoring and prediction, earthquake disaster prevention and disaster reduction at home and abroad, and promote development of seismological research and technology.

Columns: Review, Articles, Earthquake Science Popularization, Progress in Major Engineering and Scientific Projects, Debate and Discussion, Application of Earthquake Scientific Data, People and Organization, SSC Special, etc.

Scope: The journal publishes original papers advancing understanding of seismology and seismic hazard analyses, as well as review articles summarizing important research topics. Topics include but not limited to: 

● The latest innovative scientific achievements and new discoveries in the fields of seismic monitoring and prediction, seismic hazard prevention, emergency rescue, as well as reviews of frontier studies.

● Academic discussion and exploration for different ideas in seismology research.

● Review, summary and comment on earthquake sciences.

● Message of SSC activities and progress of national key research projects.


Section 1: Submission Requirement

1. A submitted manuscript should be an original work that has not been published previously (except as part of a dissertation) and is not under review for publication elsewhere. The submission of manuscript has been approved by all authors without any signing and ranking disputes. There is no content that infringes the copyright or other rights of others in the manuscript.

2. All articles submitted to the journal shall be tested by plagiarism checking system developed by Wanfang Data. Repetition rate for all articles should be less than 20%. Articles which do not meet this requirement shall be rejected.

3. Authors should guarantee that the content of the manuscript is not confidential.

4. All maps in the manuscripts should comply with policies and regulations of the Regulations on Map Management and the Regulations on Map Review.

5. Authors should read carefully “Instruction for Authors” and “Publishing Ethics” before submission.

6. Online submission address http://www.manuscripts.com.cn/gjdzdt


Section 2: Formatting Guidelines

1. Title should be short, summarizing the main content, generally no more than 20 Chinese characters. Subtitles can be added if necessary.

 2. Main body text should be clearly structured and written in a standardized manner. The length of the manuscript depends on the demand of expression, and there is no limit by the journal.

 3. Title should be both in Chinese and English. Author names, institutes and addresses, abstract, keywords and E-mail should also be included. Chinese abstract is about 300 characters with 3-5 keywords attached. The sentence structure of abstracts should be as short as possible, and the words should be familiar to readers. The writing should be logic.

4. For detailed format of manuscript, please refer to the newly published articles in Progress in Earthquake Sciences


Section 3: Copyright and Archive

1. Authors agree that upon the date of publishing, all copyright of the article, including but not limited to the right of publishing, reproduction, distribution, translation, online dissemination, and compilation in any media, will be transferred to the editorial office of Progress in Earthquake Sciences worldwide. Copyright Transfer Agreement should be signed and provided along with the manuscript.

2. Progress in Earthquake Sciences is an open access journal. Once published, all articles will be immediately and permanently available for readers to read and download free of charge. Permitted third party reuse of the articles published by the journal is defined by the following user license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows reusers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the license terms below are followed: reusers must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. Reusers may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses the use. Reusers may not use the material for commercial purposes. If reusers remix, transform, or build upon the material, they may not distribute the modified material. The authors have right to spread or make use of the article under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License. The full details of the license are available at  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ 

3. Since 2018, all journal articles have been digitally archived and can be searched and downloaded from the journal website. In order to ensure data security, all information has also been backed up in the editorial office. Before 2018, the hard and soft copy of each issue of the journal had been kept in the editorial office for archiving. In addition, other relevant materials are also kept by the editorial office, such as supplementary information and forms provided by the authors. 


Section 4: Peer Review and Editing

1. The journal adopts single-blind review system. After submission, the editorial office will conduct a preliminary review of the manuscript. The editorial office will reject the manuscripts which are insufficient in originality, having serious scientific or technical mistakes, lacking valuable information, or not in the scope of the journal. Manuscripts which have passed the preliminary review will be anonymously sent to two or more peer reviewers. Authors must respond to reviewers' every comment and submit the revised version in time. This process would be repeated until reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief will conduct the final round of review and the editorial office shall impartially select manuscripts on the basis of academic quality and the review comment.

2. If there is no reply for more than 3 months after submission, it shall be deemed as rejected and authors can re-submit the manuscript to another journal. Authors should keep a copy of the manuscript by their own. The revision of manuscript should be completed within the given time.

3.  The editorial staff / editors / editorial board members should not be involved in publishing decisions on papers which they have written themselves or have been written by their family members or colleagues. Any such submission should be strictly subject to the journal’s usual editorial process. Peer review should be handled independently from the relevant author/editor and their research groups.


Section 5:Correction & Retraction

 Articles published online or in print are considered the final and complete version. In principle, the journal does not make corrections or retractions on published articles. However, in case of the situations described below, corrections or retractions may be carried out if truly necessary.

1. Correction: If there appears to be an unintended scientific mistake in the article which would not lead to significant impacts on the results and conclusion, the editorial office will publish corrections in the journal as soon as possible, detailing the changes made to the original article and indicating the source of the article. The journal will release the corrected new version of the article, and specify the changes to the original article and the date of update. In addition, the superseded version will also be archived. Readers can obtain it directly, but only the latest version of the article should be used for citation.

2. Retraction: In the following cases, the editorial office would retract published articles and issue retraction statements:

1) If an article is found to have severe scientific errors making the results and conclusion of the article unreliable;

2) For article suspected of academic misconduct, such as plagiarism and data falsification, the editorial office will initiate an investigation and issue a statement to inform readers of the risks associated with the article. Once the investigation is completed, the result will be made public. If the academic misconduct is confirmed, the article will be immediately retracted and a retraction statement will be issued by the editorial office.


Sections 6: Fees

The journal doesn’t charge submission fee. After the manuscript is accepted, review fee and page charge shall be payable:

Page charge:black and white RMB 300 yuan/page,color RMB 500 yuan/page

Review fee: RMB 200 yuan/article.

Fast publishing fee: RMB 500 yuan/one month in advance

2. Once publishing is confirmed, the journal will pay renumeration, and post a copy of the current issue to authors.


Sections 7:Contact Information

Authors are encouraged to contact the editorial office for any inquiry.

Tel: 010-68729339

E-mail: rdws@cea-igp.ac.cn; rdws01@163.com

WeChat: Zhenqiu Journal

QQ group: 960886168

Contact Person: YAO Xuerong, SUN Lian


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