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Frontiers Journals, launched by Higher Education Press (HEP) in 2006, is an English academic journal series which consists of 28 journals covering extensive subject areas. It aims to build a world-class academic brand and to reflect remarkable research achievements around the world.
Among the series, 13 titles have been indexed by SCI, 1 title indexed by A&HCI, 6 titles indexed by EI, while the others have been included in the international abstracting & indexing services within respective subject areas.
The editorial board of Frontiers Journals，led by the Editors-in-Chief, is responsible for the soliciting and reviewing of manuscripts. By cooperating with universities and research institutions，Frontiers Journals manages to realize the effective coordination of academic and publishing resources. Meanwhile, journal series cooperate with renowned international academic publishers including Springer, Elsevier, etc. for overseas distribution. HEP has developed an online journal publishing platform, the Frontiers Journals website, providing access service to global users. Three versions of the online articles are displayed and alternate, namely, Just Accepted, Online First and Current Issue. Working on this mechanism, the platform enables rapid online distribution while ensuring the quality of papers and improves the performance for graphics and references processing based on an international standard structured full text data landscape.
In 2019, Frontiers Journals was selected into the pilot project of “China STM Journals Excellence Action Plan”, while Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering was selected as a key journal in the project, and six journals including Protein & Cell, Frontiers of Physics, Frontiers of Optoelectronics, Frontiers of Computer Science, Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering and Frontiers of Mathematics in China, were also selected into this project. With close cooperation with universities and research institutions, HEP will be committed to providing services among the academic community, and will continue to contribute efforts for the promotion of China’s international academic impact.
Su Yuheng, 4 Dewai Dajie, Beijing 100120, China, Higher Education Press Limited Company
Higher Education Press Limited Company, 4 Dewai Dajie, Beijing 100120, China
China Education Publishing & Media Group Ltd. 19th Floor, Techart Plaza, 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
|Name||Title||Experience in scholarly publishing|
|Yanfu Li||Deputy Director (Presiding) of STM Journal Center||Editor of Natural Sciences since 1999|
|Danyan Wen||Deputy Director of STM Journal Center||Editor of Computer Science since 2005|
|Xiaoxue Zhang||Deputy Director of STM Journal Center||Editor of Life Sciences since 2009|
|Defa Zhang||Deputy Director of General Office||Editor of Natural Sciences since 2015|
|Wei Cheng||Chief of Natural Science Journal Sub-division||Managing editor of Frontiers of Computer Science since 2005|
|Jianjun Zhu||Chief of Engineering Science Journal Sub-division||Managing editor of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering since 2007|
|Wei Gao||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Earth Science||East China Normal University, China|
|Kung-Ching 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|
|Fusuo Zhang||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering||China Agricultural University, China|
|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||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|
|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|
|Ji Zhou||Editor-in-Chief of Engineering||Chinese Academy of Engineering, China|
|Raj Reddy||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 Materials Technology & Engineering, CAS, China|
|Jiongtian Liu||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering||Zhengzhou University, China|
|Zhi-Hua Zhou||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science||Nanjing University, China|
|Zhang Xiong||Co-Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science||Beihang University, China|
|Shilie Weng||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Energy||Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China|
|Weidou Ni||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Energy||Tsinghua University, China|
|Yinao Su||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Energy||CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd.|
|Suping Peng||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Energy||China 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|
|Jiuhui Qu||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|
|Xinyu Shao||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||Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, 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|
|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|
|Guoqiang Tian||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Economics in China||Shanghai University, China; Texas A&M University, USA|
|Mingyuan Gu||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Education in China||Beijing Normal University, China|
|Qilong Wang||Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of History in China||Xi’an International Studies University, China|
|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|
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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