Frontiers in China is an English academic journal series supported by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is co-published by Higher Education Press (HEP) and Springer Publishing Company. Since its foundation in 2006, it has released 24 journals both in electronic and print versions, including 17 journals covering the fields of natural sciences, engineering technology, and life sciences, and 7 journals on the humanities and social sciences. This English academic journal series boasts of the widest coverage of subjects among its contributors in China. Its goal is to reflect the frontier academic progress of Chinese scholars, whether based locally or abroad, and establish a platform that can demonstrate the overall strength and comprehensive competence of Chinese academic research. In addition, the journal series aims to widen and increase the influence of Chinese academic circles in the world, and enhance the communication and exchanges between Chinese scholars and their international peers. The journal series follow three dictums: intensification, digitalization, and internationalization. With several years of development, an academic exchange platform that possesses strong international influence has begun to take shape, and it currently serves as an important force in making Chinese journals "come out" into the global arena.
Frontiers in China adheres to excellent academic content as its core principle. It intends to introduce the latest research results and present the frontier progress of each field, improve the influence of Chinese academic groups in the world. The members of the editorial board and review experts of the journal series are developing strategies to further enhance the journal series’ international competence by strictly following the peer review process while judging the quality of an article from an international perspective. Thus, the academic quality of the journal has been highly acknowledged. In fact, one of the journal series, Frontiers of computer science has been included as a core journal by the Ei Compendex database, while other journals have been indexed in Chemical Abstracts, Zentralblatt MATH, SCOPUS, EconLit, and other international indexing and abstracting systems.
The Frontiers in China journal series, with the help of the excellent digital management and publishing capacity of HEP, has independently developed its academic journal online publishing platform—the website of Frontiers in China (http://journal.hep.com.cn) and the "Frontiers in China Online Submission & Peer Review System" (http://journalsubmission.hep.com.cn). The former platform is a realization of the journal series' "online first publishing" policy and is accessible seamlessly via international third-party platforms. It provides digital publishing services for domestic journals, as well as online access for Chinese customers. Meanwhile, the latter platform plays a positive role in further widening the sources of article contributions at home and abroad and in improving the efficiency of submissions. At present, these two platforms, in conjunction with HEP's ERP system, form the working chain of the whole process from submission to publication.
To speed up the popularization of Frontiers in China journal series in colleges and universities in China and to attract more high quality manuscripts, as the Ministry of Education proposed, a cooperative relationship between HEP and the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) has been established. From the second half of 2008 onwards, HEP and CALIS would jointly launch digital data service. Users could also visit the journals of Frontiers in China via platform set up by CALIS. In addition, by cooperating with third-party data integration companies like Tsinghua Tongfang(CNKI), Wangfang Data, and others, their users can easily link with the Frontiers in China website to access the full text of the journals.
Along with the continuous improvement of Chinese scientific research competence, the Frontiers in China journal series will surely take the lead in the academic frontier in China.