Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering (FASE) is an authoritative source for professionals with interests encompassing agricultural science and engineering, supervised by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, administered by Higher Education Press of China and China Agricultural University, and published by Higher Education Press of China on a quarterly basis in English. The journal is published both in print and online.
Types of Articles
The following types of articles can be submitted to the journal:
RESEARCH ARTICLE. Original research report. The total length of a manuscript including figures, tables and references must not exceed 8000 words.
REVIEW. An in-depth overview of certain topic or a review of the author’s own work or the work of one research group. The format and length of review articles are more flexible than a full article.
LETTER. A concise, independent report representing significant contribution to agricultural science and engineering. It is not intended for publication of preliminary results, only for results of exceptional and immediate importance. It should be no more than 2000 words, cite at least 8 references and up to three figures and tables.
Ethics in Publishing (Duties of Authors)
a. Reporting standards
Authors reporting original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the article. An article should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
b. Data access and retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with an article for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
c. Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that these have been appropriately cited or quoted.
Plagiarism takes many forms, from misrepresenting another’s article as the author’s own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s article (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
d. Concurrent publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published article. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g., clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.
Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other publisher and should not have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form. No part of an article which has been published by Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering in China may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher.
e. Acknowledgement of sources
Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential deeply in the reported works. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
f. Authorship of the article
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the article, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and have agreed to its submission for publication.
g. Hazards and human or animal subjects
The authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript, if their work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or involves the use of animal or human subjects. The manuscripts must contain a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them.
h. Fundamental errors in published work
When an author finds out a significant error or inaccuracy in h