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Instructions for Authors

(For manuscripts preparation, the detailed writing guideline in Chinese is provided here Instruction).

Aims and Scope

Progress in Natural Science is an international multidisciplinary academic journal co-sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China and Chinese Academy of Sciences. It publishes originally innovative research papers  of great significance in various fields of natural science.  The journal accepts manuscripts in the following disciplines:

Physics: mechanics, acoustics, astronomy, astrophysics and space science, condensed matter physics, surfaces and interfaces, nonlinear, statistical and applied physics, optics with atomic, molecular and plasma physics, nuclear and high energy physics.

Chemistry: analytical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, physical and theoretical chemistry, catalysis, chemical engineering and industrial chemistry, fluid flow / transfer processes, membranes and separation technology, and spectroscopy.
Life Science: biochemistry / biophysics, molecular biology, cellular biology and genetics,
agricultural science, animal and aquatic science, entomology, plant science, basic immunology, general microbiology, neuroscience/cognitive neuroscience, physiology, toxicology /environmental science, molecular pharmacology, and bioinformatics.
Earth Science: geology and economic geology, atmospheric science, marine science, environmental geology, geochemistry/ geophysics, geography, ecology and conservation, global change, and palaeontology.
Material Science: materials chemistry and engineering, electronic, optical and magnetic materials, biomaterials, ceramics, metals and alloys, polymer science and technology.
Information Science : artificial intelligence, computer vision and pattern recognition, coding and information theory, computer graphics/ simulation and modelling, analysis of algorithms and problem complexity, and quantum computing.
We also encourage interdisciplinary manuscripts.
 Mathematics manuscripts will not be accepted anymore unless of great scientific importance and with a wide readership. 
Progress in Natural Science has four sections:
Review Articles: Summation of and comment on the recent advances in a specific research area including perspective of the further development of the subject.  Review of the research achievements made by a scientist or a group of scientists who have systematically worked on this subject will be most encouraged.
Scientific Papers: Reports of original research of exceptional importance.
Short Communications: Reports of primary results of a research project or short reports of novel discoveries with common interest.
Academic Forum: Discussions of papers recently published in the journal. This section aims at enlivening the academic atmosphere and promoting scientific innovation.  

Submission of manuscripts

Progress in Natural Science considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Progress in Natural Science, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Manuscripts are selected for publication according to the editorial assessment of their sustainability and the evaluation of independent reviewers.  Papers are usually sent to three or more reviewers, who are kept anonymous.  Editorial staff will edit accepted papers to improve the accuracy and clarity and shorten them, if necessary.

Preparation of manuscripts

§         Manuscripts should be typed in 12 point characters, using "Times" font, double-spaced throughout.

§         The title of the paper should be a descriptive clause not a full sentence and contain some keywords for indexing purposes.  The title should be no more than 80 characters, including spaces.

§         Abstracts of 70-150 words are required for all papers submitted and should precede the main text of a paper.  Abstracts should present the aim and significance of the research to the general reader, convey the paper’s main point and outline the results or conclusions.

§         3-5 keywords or phrases should be provided after the abstract to serve as guidelines for indexing.

§         Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.

§         Authors must adhere to SI units.

§         All graphs, diagrams and photos should be referred to as figures (up to 6 figures generally).   All illustrations are provided as separate files and as hardcopy on separate sheets.  All artwork is numbered according to its sequence in the text. Figure captions are provided on a separate sheet along with the manuscript.

§         To enable us to easily identify author source files in terms of figure number and format, please ensure this information is contained in the file name. For example:

§         ·                       fig1.tif - figure 1 in TIFF format (we suggest you use TIFF format)

§         Tables should be drawn with 3 horizontal lines, at the top and bottom of the table and between the column headings and the table body.  Vertical lines are not used between the columns unless necessary to avoid confusion.  When special explanations are needed for certain items in the table, mark them with a), b),…, then give a brief explanation under the table.

§         References should be listed in the same order as cited in the text.  Unpublished papers, preprint and personal letters should not be referenced, but may be placed in the footnotes.  References are to be cited as follows:

Books:  Wang EB, Hu CW, Xu L. Concise Polyoxometalates. 1st ed. Beijing: Chemical Industry Press; 1998, p. 55-60 [in Chinese].


Article in a journal:  Lian J, Wang J, Li F, et al.  Dynamics of conditioned visual flight orientation in Drosophila.  Progress in Natural Science  1998; 8 (5): 573-85.


Collections:  Hardie RC, Smith F. A novel gas sensor by semiconductors. In: Collection in Sensory Physiolog. Berlin: Springer-Verlag; 1983, p. 1-3. 


Proceedings:   Xi CF. The experiences and problem on soil classification in China. In: Proceedings of Soil Classification and Soil Geography. Hangzhou,China,July 2-5,1979,

                          p. 1-2 [in Chinese]. 

Patent:  Plank CJ. The US Patent 4 081 490, 1978-02-15

§         §         Manuscripts for consideration should be sent to the Editorial Office through our electronic submission system at website:

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