Frontiers Journals

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About Frontiers
Names and addresses of the owners of the publishing company
Location (full address) of corporate office(s)
Names and addresses of parent companies
Management team & Publishing credentials
Names and affiliations of individuals responsible for the scientific quality of publications
Mechanisms for ensuring the quality of published articles
Editorial policies
Advertising policies

· About Frontiers

Frontiers, launched by Higher Education Press in 2006,is an English academic journal series which consists of 28 journals. It aims to build a world-class academic brand and to reflect remarkable research achievements from around the world.

Frontiers series, co-published with several internationally renowned academic publishers such as Springer, Elsevier, Brill etc., focuses on promoting its every journal’s level of internationalization, especially in the aspects of editorial board, reviewer pool, and authors. Frontiers won the “2009–2010 Annual Key Projects of National Cultural Exports”, "2012 National Natural Science Foundation for Key Academic Journals”, "2012 Competitive College STM Journals Program”, "2011–2015 National Social Science Foundation for Translation of Chinese Literature”, "2013–2015 Project for Enhancing International Impact of China STM Journal” and "2016–2018 Project for Enhancing International Impact of China STM Journal”.

13 titles of Frontiers series have been indexed in SCI, and others have also been included in the abstracting & indexing services within corresponding fields. As of December 2018, the cumulative full-text downloads reached 6,000,000.


· Names and addresses of the owners of the publishing company

Su Yuheng, 4 Dewai Dajie, Beijing 100120, China, Higher Education Press Limited Company


· Location (full address) of corporate office(s)

Higher Education Press Limited Company, 4 Dewai Dajie, Beijing 100120, China


· Names and addresses of parent company

China Education Publishing & Media Group Ltd. 19th Floor, Techart Plaza, 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China


· Management team & Publishing credentials

 Name

Title

Experience in scholarly publishing

 Bingxiang Li

Ph.D, Director of Natural Science Academic Publishing Division

Editor of life sciences since 1999

 Tianfu Zhao

Deputy Director of Natural Science Academic Publishing Division

Editor of Mathematics since

 Danyan Wen

Ph.D, Deputy Director of Natural Science Academic Publishing Division

Editor of computer science since 2005

 Wei  Cheng

Chief of Natural Science Academic
Journal Sub-division

Managing editor of Frontiers of Computer Science since 2006

 Jianjun Zhu

Chief of Chinese Academy of Engineering Transactions Journal Sub-division

Managing editor of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering since 2007


· Names and affiliations of individuals responsible for the scientific quality of publications

Natural Sciences 

Name
Title
Affiliations
Wei Gao
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Earth Science
East China Normal University, China
Kungching Chang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Mathematics in China
Peking University, China 
Kuang-Ta Chao
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Physics
Peking University, China



Life Sciences 

Name
Title
Affiliations 
Fusuo Zhang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering
Yong-Guan Zhu
Editor-in-Chief of Soil Ecology Letters
Institute of Urban Environment, CAS, China
Shenglei  Fu
Editor-in-Chief of Soil Ecology Letters
Henan University, China
Haiyan   Chu
Editor-in-Chief of Soil Ecology Letters
Institute of Soil Science, CAS, China
Saijuan Chen
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Medicine
Shanghai Institute of Hematology, Ruijin Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China
Boli Zhang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Medicine
Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Baofeng Yang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Medicine
Xiaoping Chen
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Medicine
Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Zihe Rao
Editor-in-Chief of Protein & Cell
Tsinghua University, China
Chao Tang
Editor-in-Chief of Quantitative Biology
Peking University, China 
Michael Q. Zhang
Editor-in-Chief of Quantitative Biology
University of Texas at Dallas, USA;
Tsinghua University, China



Engineering

Name
Title
Affiliations
Zhihua Zhong
Editor-in-Chief of Engineering
Chinese Academy of Engineering, China
Reddy Raj
Editor-in-Chief of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Jianguo Wang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Architectural Research
Southeast University, China
Jingkang Wang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Tianjin University, China
Qunji Xue
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology, China
Jiongtian Liu
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Zhengzhou University, China
Zhuhua Zhou
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science
Nanjing University, China
Zhang Xiong
Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science
Beihang University, China
Shilie Weng
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Weidou  Ni
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy
Tsinghua University, China
Yinao   Su
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy
CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd.
Suping Peng
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy
University of Mining and Technology, China
Jishan     He
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Engineering Management
Central South University, China
Wenrui  Hu
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Engineering Management
China National Petroleum Corporation, China
Miroslaw J. Skibniewski
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Engineering Management
University of Maryland, USA
Jiming Hao
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering
Tsinghua University, China
John C. Crittenden
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Binglin Gu
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Materials Science
Tsinghua University, China
Shuzi YANG
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Dongming Guo
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering
Dalian University of Technology, China
Qihuang Gong 
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Optoelectronics
Peking University, China
Xinliang Zhang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Optoelectronics
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Junzhi  Cui 
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
Tongji University, China 
Jianyun Zhang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
Surendra P. Shah
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
Northwestern University, USA
Kongjian Yu
Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Architecture Frontiers
Peking University, China 



Social Sciences and Humanities 

Name
Title
Affiliations 
Hailiang Gu
Editor-in-Chief of China Economic Transition
Peking University, China
Jiye  Mao
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Business Research in China
Renmin University of China, China
Steven Shuye Wang
Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Business Research in China
Renmin University of China, China
Guoqiang Tian
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Economics in China
Texas A&M University, USA; Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
Mingyuan Gu 
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Education in China
Beijing Normal University, China 
Di   Wang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of History in China
University of Macau, China
Zujie Yuan
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of History in China
Sichuan University
Jingwen Zhu
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Law in China
Renmin University of China, China
Xudong Zhang
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Literary Studies in China
New York University, USA
Guiren Yuan
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Beijing Normal University, China
Zhen  Han 
Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Beijing Normal University, China

 

· Mechanisms for ensuring the quality of published articles

      We have employed strict peer review for submissions to Frontiers journals.

      The members of Editorial Boards will make the final decision before acceptance of submissions for publication.Theyare responsible for fostering the emerging qualitative research.

      We have English language editing mechanisms in place either by using services from outsourced companies or by supervision from native experts with scientific backgrounds.

      Frontiers journals conduct three inhouse editing and three proofreading during production of publications in order to guarantee the scientific and editorial quality


· Editorial policies

      Overview

      These policies describe the guidelines in the publication process of Higher Education Press (HEP) Frontiers journals. We adopt and stick to the standards and requirements of such organizations as the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). Submission of a manuscript to a Frontiers journal implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content and that the manuscript conforms to the journal’s policies. The manuscript must be original and it, or substantial parts of it, must not be under consideration by any other journal.

      Authorship

      An ‘author’ is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. We recommend that you adhere to the guidelines for authorship that are applicable in your research field or, in the absence of any guidelines, to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines. According to the ICMJE guidelines, to qualify as an author one should have:

       1. made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and

           interpretation of data;

       2. been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;

       3. given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently

            in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and

       4. agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the

           accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

       Please see individual journal’s Instructions for Authors for information on the format for listing author contributions.

Author change can only be made through the corresponding author by making a request to the editor of the specific journal. Please note that changes to authorship cannot be made after acceptance of a manuscript.

      Acknowledgements

      Individuals who participated in the development of a manuscript but do not qualify as an author should be acknowledged. Organizations that provided support in terms of funding and/or other resources should also be acknowledged.

      Submission of manuscript

      Authors should read the “Instruction for Authors” on the journal’s page before making a submission. Manuscript should be prepared according to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.

      Citations

      Research articles and non-research articles (e.g., Opinion, Review, and Commentary articles) must cite appropriate and relevant literature in support of the claims made. Excessive and inappropriate self-citation or coordinated efforts among several authors to collectively self-cite is strongly discouraged.

      Conflict of interest

      Authors should disclose all financial/relevant interest that may have influenced the development of the manuscript.

      Reviewers should disclose any conflict of interest and if necessary, decline the review of any manuscript they perceive to have a conflict of interest. Editors should also decline from considering any manuscript that may have conflict of interest. Such manuscripts will be re-assigned to other editors. 

      Human and Animal Rights

      Depending on the nature of the regarding research, manuscripts submitted for publication in the Life Science and Medicine must contain a statement to the effect that the concerning legally binding ethical standards have been met.

      Reports of animal experiments must state that the “Principles of Laboratory Animal Care” were followed. Moreover authors may have to state that specific national laws (e.g., the current version of the International Law on the Protection of Animals) have been observed, too.

      All human studies must state that they have been approved by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down by authority organization. The author hereby declares that the research documented in the submitted manuscript has been carried out in accordance with the above stated ethical standards.

      Informed Consent for publications

      Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

      Peer review

      All articles published in HEP Frontiers Journals undergo thorough peer review. This usually involves review by at least three independent peer reviewers. Individual journals may differ in their peer review processes, usually a single or double blind one.

      All submissions to our journals are assessed by an editor, who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. Submissions felt to be suitable for consideration will be sent for peer review by appropriate independent experts. Editors-in-Chief or any authorized board members will make a decision based on the reviewers’ reports and authors are sent these reports along with the editorial decision on their manuscript. Authors should note that even in light of one positive report, concerns raised by another reviewer may fundamentally undermine the study and result in the manuscript being rejected.

      Confidentiality

      A submitted manuscript is a confidential material. HEP Frontiers journals will not disclose submitted manuscript to anyone except individuals who partake in the processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted). These individuals include editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors.  However, in suspected cases of misconduct, a manuscript may be revealed to members of HEP's ethics committee and institutions/organizations that may require it for the resolution of the misconduct or may be shared with other editors at HEP. Frontiers Journals shall follow the appropriate COPE flowcharts wherever necessary.

      Misconduct

      Misconduct constitutes activities in violation of research ethics, publication ethics, or any applicable guidelines/policies specified by COPE, WAME, ICMJE, and STM. Any other activities that threaten/compromise the integrity of the research/publication process are potential misconducts.

      HEP Frontiers journals employs CrossCheck’s plagiarism detection in the editorial process and takes seriously all cases of publication misconduct.

      Suspected cases of misconduct will be investigated according to COPE guidelines. In cases of suspected research or publication misconduct, it may be necessary for the Editor to contact and share manuscripts with third parties, for example, author(s)’ institution(s) and ethics committee(s).

      Corrections and retractions

      Corrections to, or retractions of, published articles will be made by publishing an Erratum or a Retraction article, without altering the original article in any way other than to add a prominent link to the Erratum/Retraction article. The original article remains in the public domain and the subsequent Erratum or Retraction will be widely indexed. In the exceptional event that material is considered to infringe certain rights or is defamatory, we may have to remove that material from our site and archive sites.

      Corrections to published articles will, at the Editor(s)’ discretion, bemade via publication of an Erratum that is indexed and linked to the original article.

      Retractions of published articles will be made when the scientific information in an article is substantially undermined, or the articles contain misconducts in some way. HEP Frontiers journals will follow the COPE guidelines in such cases. Retraction articles are indexed and linked to the original article.


· Advertising policies

      We accept such non-commercial advertisements as conference information, important article introduction, Call for Papers, scholar recommendations, index information, and related links.