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 27 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”.

Nine 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 2015, the cumulative full-text downloads reached 3,000,000.

· 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

 Jianyuan Liu

Deputy Director of Natural Science Academic Publishing Division

Editor of computer science

 Danyan Wen

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

Editor of computer science since 2005

 Shannian Lu

Chief of Natural Science Academic
Journal Sub-division

Managing editor at Science China Press from 1995 to 2006;
Managing editor at Higher Education Press 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

 En-Ge Wang

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Physics

Peking University, China

 Kuang-Ta Chao

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Physics

Peking University, China

 Ding-Ping Li

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Physics

Peking University, China

 Life Sciences

 Name

Title

Affiliations

 Xu Liu

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering

Chinese Academy of Engineering, China

 Xiuxin Deng

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering

Huazhong Agricultural University, China

 Shaozhong Kang

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering

China Agricultural University, China

 Zhaohu Li

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering

China Agricultural University, China

 Hongjun Song

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Biology

Johns Hopkins University, USA

 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

 Baofeng Yang

Editor-in-Chief of  Frontiers of Medicine

Harbin Medical University, China

 Xiaoping Chen

Editor-in-Chief of  Frontiers of Medicine

Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

 Guangbiao Zhou

Executive Editor-in-Chief of  Frontiers of Medicine

Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 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

Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, China

 Xianghong Cao

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering

China Petrochemical Corporation, China

 Wei Li

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science

Beihang University, China

 Zhang Xiong

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science

Beihang University, China

 Zhihua Zhou

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science

Nanjing University, China

 Shilie Weng

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, China

 Weidou Ni

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy

Tsinghua University, China

 Suping Peng

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy

University of Mining and Technology, China

 Zhen Huang

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Energy

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

 He Jishan

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Engineering Management

Central South University, China

 Wang Jiming

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Engineering Management

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, China

 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

 Peihua Gu

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering

University of Calgary, Canada

 Bingkun Zhou

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Optoelectronics

Tsinghua University, China

 Zuyan Shen

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

Tongji University, China

 Fulin Zhou

Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

Guangzhou University, China

 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

 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

 Zhiqi Chen

Executive Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Economics in China

Carleton University, Canada

 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

Texas A&M University, USA

 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.