General Interest FAQs of FASE
Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering (FASE) is an international journal, and the full text of all articles is published in English.
◆ Guidelines for authors
Please carefully read Guidelines for Authors from our platform and prepare manuscript according to the guidelines. Authors can also
download FASE Templates to write theirs articles directly.
◆ Submission system
Authors are asked to enter our Online Submission System to submit the manuscripts. If you are a first time submitter, please register for
the system. If not, please log in directly.
◆ Academic misconduct
Data fabrication means that the researcher did not actually perform the study but instead made up data. Data falsification means that the researcher
did the experiment, but then changed some of the data. Both of these practices make people distrust scientists. If the public is mistrustful of science,
then it will be less willing to provide funding support.
Taking the ideas and work of others without giving them credit is unfair and dishonest. Copying even from one sentence from someone else’s
manuscript, or even one of your own that has previously been published, without proper citation is considered plagiarism—use your own
? Multiple submissions:
It is unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. Doing this wastes the time of editors and
peer reviewers, and can damage the reputation of journals if published in more than one.
? Redundant publications (or ‘salami’ publications):
This means publishing many similar manuscripts based on the same experiment. It can make readers less likely to pay attention to
? Improper author contribution or attribution:
All of the listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and have approved
all its claims. Do not forget to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians
The Editor-in-Chief screens a new submission when it is received. This is an important step to ensure that (1) the content falls within
the scope of the journal, (2) the manuscript follows the editorial policy and procedural guidelines, and (3) that it does not contain an
unacceptable level of overlap with any published work. A manuscript will be rejected without further review if it fails to meet one or
more of these conditions, and the author will be notified accordingly. If a manuscript passes this initial check, it is then sent for review
to a minimum of two internal or external reviewers selected by the journal.
The journal’s Managing Editor handles all aspects of the peer review process. Peer reviewers are drawn from both the journal’s editorial
board and the wider academic community. The Associate Editor makes the final selection of peer reviewers.
The Editor-in-Chief assesses the reviewer reports and makes all decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, and revision. Submitted
manuscripts are usually reviewed by two or more experts. Peer reviewers will be asked to recommend whether a manuscript should
be accepted, revised or rejected.
They may also alert the editors of any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism and unethical behavior.
It is rare for manuscripts to be accepted without the need for revision. Accepted papers usually require subsequent rounds of revision
by the authors.
Cases where the recommendations of the reviewers differ are obviously more problematic. In these cases, the Editor-in-Chief will
undertake a careful reading of the manuscript in an attempt to reconcile competing viewpoints and render a fair decision. All reviewer
reports are returned to authors with a decision letter from the Managing Editor. Where there is disagreement among different reviewers
the Managing Editor seeks to offer guidance to authors on how to proceed in pursuing a revision.
All communication with authors are managed by the journal’s Managing Editor.
Revised manuscripts, along with the document detailing the authors’ responses to the reviewer’s comments and related text changes,
are normally returned to the original panel of reviewers for reassessment. It is at this editor’s discretion how the revised version is
further evaluated, be it editorially or with input from external peer reviewers. It is not unusual for revised manuscripts to be sent back
to the original peer reviewers for further input, especially when the original concerns were substantial. In some cases, the opinion of
an additional reviewer may be sought.
The acceptance of a revised manuscript is never guaranteed, but the decision letter will usually provide general guidance intended
to be helpful in achieving that end.
The reviewers and Associate Editors will recommend their decisions to the Editor-in-Chief, who will then be responsible for the final
decision to accept or reject a manuscript.
FASE articles are made freely available on our website (http://engineering.cae.cn) as soon as possible after they are accepted and are also
formally archived in China Academic Library & Information System (CALIS).
CALIS is one of the three public service systems approved by the State Council of China. The management centre of CALIS is located
in Peking University.
The submitting author is asked at submission to declare, on behalf of all authors, whether there are any financial, personal or
professional interests that could be construed to have influenced the paper. Reviewers are also asked to declare any interests
that might interfere with their objective assessment of a manuscript. Any relevant competing interests of authors must be
available to editors and reviewers during the review process and will be stated in published articles.
FASE is pleased to hear from authors and readers. If you have any complaints, please do not hesitate to contact us.