Frontiers of Engineering Management

Guidelines for Authors

Frontiers of Engineering Management


January 1, 2017

General information

Frontiers of Engineering Management (FEM), supervised by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, administered by Tsinghua University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Higher Education Press and published by Higher Education Press  in English in both print and online versions quarterly, provides a high quality international platform for the academicians, researchers and professionals in the broad field of engineering management (EM) to impart and share knowledge newly advanced and created, in the four main forms of research article, review, letter, and comment.

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 the engineering management field, such as Super 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.

COMMENT: A discussion/remark on an article, a view point, a book, etc. It should be no more than 1000 words. In this case, the authors are allowed to respond to any comments.

Duplicate/previous publication or submission

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 a paper which has been published by Frontiers of Engineering Management may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher.

Ethical responsibilities of authors

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal and ultimately the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which includes:
●     The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
●     The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”).
●     A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (e.g.  “salami-publishing”).
●     No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions.
●     No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the authors own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
●     Consent to submit has been received from all co-authors and responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out before the work is submitted.
●     Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
In addition:
●     Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
●     Requests to add or delete authors at revision stage or after publication is a serious matter, and may be considered only after receipt of written approval from all authors and detailed explanation about the role/deletion of the new/deleted author. The decision on accepting the change rests with the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
●     Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc.

If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been proven, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
- If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
- If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note.
- The author’s institution may be informed.

Disclosure of potential conflict of interests

Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could influence or bias the work. Although an author may not feel there are conflicts, disclosure of relationships and interests affords a more transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of real or perceived conflicts of interests is a perspective to which the readers are entitled and is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation for consultancy work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:
●     Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number)
●     Honoraria for speaking at symposia
●     Financial support for attending symposia
●     Financial support for educational programs
●     Employment or consultation
●     Support from a project sponsor
●     Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
●     Multiple affiliations
●     Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest
●     Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
●     Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work
In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research.

The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors.  Examples of forms can be found here (link to various forms TO BE INCLUDED).
The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).

See below examples of disclosures:
Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).

Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z.

If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Copyright Statement

Copyright-owner grants Publisher to use, distribute and produce this paper under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (hereinafter referred to as the CC-BY ) in any medium, provided the original Copyright-owner and the source are credited. The full details of the CC-BY are available at Copyright-owner also grants the Publisher the exclusive rights to translate this Paper to any language, and publish, produce, distribute and use this translated version in any medium in accordance with CC-BY.
The copyright statement form must be submitted when the manuscript is accepted. Authors are asked to return by email or fax the signed statement to the Editorial Office of Frontiers of Engineering Management ( &

Licencing Policy

The articles published in edited volumes are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY 4.0), a license which allows for the broadest possible reuse of published material. This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

Appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original article. For any reuse or redistribution of a work, users must also make clear the license terms under which the work was published. This broad license was developed to facilitate free access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Applying this standard license to your own work will ensure that it is freely and openly available in perpetuity.

Manuscript preparation and submission requirements

Manuscript submission
Authors are encouraged to submit their papers electronically via the online submission system ( The web site guides authors stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files. Note that original source files, not PDF files, are required. Once the submission files are uploaded, the system automatically generates an electronic (PDF) proof, which is then used for reviewing. All correspondence, including the editor's decision and request for revisions, will be by e-mail. After reviewing process, the manuscript will be finally judged by one of the editors who have the right to accept or reject a paper.

Submission requirements

Cover letter

A covering letter must accompany each submission indicating the name, address, and telephone number of the author to whom all correspondence is to be addressed. An affiliation must be supplied for each author. Authors are also asked to provide the names and contact information for four potential referees in their cover letter. However, the journal is not obliged to use the suggested reviewers. Final selection of reviewers will be determined by the editors.

Manuscript for research articles

Manuscripts should be in a Word format. The following components are required for a complete manuscript: Title, Author(s), Author affiliation(s), Abstract, Keywords, Nomenclature (when needed), Main text, References, Acknowledgements, Appendices, Figure captions, Tables. Include page numbers on the document, beginning with the title page as number 1. It will be preferred if line numbers are included as well. There is no formal limit for the length of a paper, but the editors may recommend condensation when appropriate.
Please use standard 10- or 12-point Times New Roman fonts.

Title.  The title of the paper should be explicit, descriptive and as brief as possible – no more than 20 words in length.
Running title.  A short version of the paper title (up to 80 characters including space).
Author names, (academic degrees) and affiliations.
Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. The telephone and mobile numbers (with country and area code) in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address of the corresponding author should be given.

Jinzhi FENG, Jun LI, R. M. Goodall
Department name, University name, City name postal code, Country name
Corresponding author. The e-mail address of the corresponding author should be given on the first page of the manuscript. In the case of multiple authors, one should be designated as the corresponding author.
Abstract.  A concise and factual abstract of 250–300 words is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major message. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list. Also, abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Keywords.  Up to 6 words separated by commas.
Headings and subheadings.  Headings and subheadings should be used throughout the text to divide the subject matter into its important, logical parts. Typical headings include: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, Appendixes and References.
Table requirements
Authors should take notice of the limitations set by the size and layout of the journal. Large tables should be avoided. Reversing columns and rows will often reduce the dimensions of a table.
If many data are to be presented, an attempt should be made to divide them over two or more tables.

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Abbreviations. PLA:      ; HA-PLA: .

1. Supply units of measure at the heads of the columns. Abbreviations that are used only in a table should be defined in the footnotes to that table.
2. Should always use rows and columns to correlate two variables. Submitted single-spaced and in the word processing software used. Do not embed tables as graphic files, document objects, or pictures.
3. Submitted as three-line tables, that is, there are three horizontal lines: one under the legend, one under the column heads, and one below the body. Vertical lines are generally not used.
4. Label each table at the top with a Roman numeral followed by the table title. Insert explanatory material and footnotes below the table. Designate footnotes using lowercase superscript letters (a, b, c) reading horizontally across the table.
5. Unless needed, all the words within the tables should be in lowercases.
6. Must be sequentially numbered and called out in the text as, e.g. Table 1.
7. Each table should be typewritten on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should never be included in the text.


Graphs should be practically self-explanatory. Readers should be able to understand them at a glance. Dimensional drawings and diagrams should include only the essential details and as little lettering as possible. They should present more of a picture than a working drawing.

Figure requirements

1. Size: should be drawn in the size of what they virtually appear.
2. Numbering and title: number all figures (graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations) in the order of their citation in the text and cite as, e.g. Fig. 1. Include a title for each figure (a brief phrase, preferably no longer than 10 to 15 words). Use (a), (b), (c) to give titles for subfigures if there are any.
3. Figure quality: should be sharp, noise-free, and of good contrast. All lettering should be large enough to permit legible reduction. The figure quality should meet the requirements as shown below: 

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4. Color of figures: unless necessary, better drawn in black and white for line-drawing; and grayscale for images.
5. Figure file formats and location in manuscript: should not be embedded in word processing documents but rather submitted in TIFF, EPS or CorelDraw file formats. Legends should appear, separate from the figures themselves, where the figures should be located within the paper.
6. Maps: please use the authorized maps as the basis for map figure drawing. (Like maps published by China Map Press, and the like.) Any maps drawn without an authorized basis have to be submitted with the certificate from the Surveying and Mapping management. All the maps should follow the publishing requirements released by the Government.
7. Unless needed, all the words within the figures should be in lowercases.

Formulae and equations.

1. Formulae should be typewritten in MathType style.
2. It is extremely important that all mathematical symbols and letters used are identified and listed and that the required style of appearance of such symbols is clearly indicated, e.g., bold face, italics, script, outline, etc.
3. Subscripts and superscripts should be set off clearly.
4. Identify in the margin any symbols that might be confused with similar symbols.
5. The words Equation or Equations should appear in full at the beginning of sentences but be abbreviated to Eq. or Eqs. elsewhere.
6. A nomenclature can be included (with the use of = signs) after the abstract if there is a significant number of symbols in the paper.

Equations should be located separately from other lines if they are long or complicated.


Do not use abbreviations in the title or abstract and limit their use in the text. Expand all abbreviations at first mention in the text.


Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it will be possible to incorporate the information in normal text.

If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers, and kept as short as possible.

Units of measure

Laboratory values are expressed using conventional units of measure, with relevant Système International (SI) conversion factors expressed secondarily (in parentheses) only at first mention. In tables and figures, a conversion factor to SI should be presented in the footnote or legend. The metric system is preferred for the expression of length, area, mass, and volume. For more details, see the Units of Measure conversion table (absent).

The Acknowledgements section is the general term for the list of sponsor and financial support, contributions, credits, and other information included at the end of the text of a manuscript but before the references. Conflicts of interest and financial disclosures must be listed in this section. Authors should obtain written permission to include the names of individuals in the Acknowledgements section.

Appendixes (if needed)
Appendix A
  A1, A2, A3…
Appendix B
Appendix C…

Manuscript for review articles

Reviews give a general overview of a particular field, providing the reader with an
appreciation of the importance of the work, historical context, a summary of recent
developments, and a starting point in the specialist literature. Manuscripts should be
divided into appropriate sections, with an extensive list of references. In addition to undergoing the same rigorous level of technical peer-review as Research papers, Review articles will be critiqued based on the general impact of the field being reviewed, the relevance of the field to experimental mechanics, preexisting reviews of the field, and acknowledgement of the contributing author as a dominant figure in the field. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that authors interested in submitting a Review article correspond with the Editor prior to submission. General formatting text, illustrations, and references are the same as outlined for research papers.

Citations and References

In-text citations must agree with the references in names and year. The references should be presented completely and without mistakes, and should be the original publication. References should be cited in the text by the author's surname and year of publication. Grouped citations should be separated by semicolons and given in chronological order: e.g., (Peterson, 1984; Jackson and Whitehead, 1991; Shuman et al., 2001, 2004). Reference section should be arranged alphabetically according to the author's surname. Journal names should be spelled out in full.

Reference for journals
Stokes J, Looney L (2004). Residual stress in HVOF thermally sprayed thick deposits. Surf Coat Technology, 177/178(1): 18–23

Reference for books
Ray D (1982). Natural Systems for Water Pollution Control. New York: van Nostrand Reinhold

Reference for a chapter in a book
Schlessinger D, Schaechter M. Bacterial toxins (1993). In: Schaechter M, Medoff G, Eisenstein BI, eds. Mechanisms of Microbial Disease. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 162175

Reference for proceedings
Li Q Q, Zhao R J, Zhang Y J (1999). Parameter system and engineering actualizing in the reverse engineering. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing Technology June. Xi’an: China Machine Press, 9: 608―611

Reference for dissertations
Liu C X (2003). Study on the Measures for Improving Constructed Wetlands’ Performance in Treating Domestic Wastewater. Dissertation for the Doctoral Degree. Beijing: Tsinghua University (in Chinese)

Reference for webpage
Christoph M (2014). Phobos - a tandem repeat search tool for complete genomes., 2014-3-25(cited that very day)

Reference for online article
Fei J, Yang J, Zhou H, Tang M, Lu W, Yan A, Hou Y, Zhang S (2014). A novel method for identifying shahtoosh. Journal of Forensic Sciences, doi:10.1111/1556-4029.12374


The corresponding author will be notified by the editors of the acceptance of article and invited to supply an electronic version of the accepted text, if this is not already available.

Proofreading and production


Proofs will be sent to the author and should be returned within 72 hours of receipt. Authors should clarify any questions of the proof in a query file. No new materials shall be inserted at the time of proofreading. Please note that authors are urged to check their proofs carefully before return one all-inclusive e-mail or fax, since subsequent additional corrections will not be possible.

Author Enquiries

For submission inquiries, tracking articles and any information please contact the Frontiers of Engineering Management office in Huazhong University of Science and Technology ( or office in Higher Education Press ( All correspondence for the journal should be sent to the following address. Please include the manuscript dispatch number in all correspondences.

Managing Editors:
Yong LI

School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Tel:+86- 27-87540191

Renjie SHEN

Division of Natural Science Academic Publishing
Higher Education Press
No. 4 Huixindongjie, Beijing 100029, China
Tel: 86-10-58581429
Fax: 86-10-58556034

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