Information for Contributors
We encourage electronic online submissions with .doc or .pdf file extensions.
We prefer manuscripts with downloadable templates. All accepted manuscripts must include electronic text and graphic documents for journal editing.
Multiple submissions are prohibited.
Before you submit a manuscript for consideration, please review the information on fees and the publication list.
Along with your manuscript, you must include a cover letter that has the following information:
- Title of the manuscript and the author’s name, address, and telephone and fax number; include the email addresses of corresponding authors, if any
- Names of recommended reviewers, including their institution and email addresses
- Names of reviewers to be avoided
- Short comments on the content, significance, novelty, and related information
- Other suggestions and editor requests
Unless the editors approve in advance, we do not accept submissions by mail. If approved to do so, you may send your manuscript to the following address:
Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics
No. 96 Jinzhai Road
Hefei, Anhui Province
Types of Manuscripts:
CJCP currently publishes the following types of papers: Letters, Articles, Reviews, Comments, and Errata.
Letters: Letters are short articles that report new experimental results and original ideas or proposals for theories and experiments. Letters should not exceed 2000 words and include no more than three figures or tables. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words, and references should not exceed 15. This does not preclude authors from submitting a more complete and detailed article to CJCP or another peer-reviewed journal at a later time. Typically, we do not publish more than three Letters per issue of CJCP. Authors may publish detailed materials, specifics of experimental conditions, and brief derivations as supplementary material on the web edition of the journal.
Articles: Articles are thorough, complete, clear, and concise reports on new experimental and theoretical results with significance. A normal length Article typically has the following criteria:
- Between 3500 and 4500 words
- Up to six figures or tables
- An abstract up to 250 words
- Between 30 and 60 references
An extended length Article typically has the following criteria:
- Between 4500 and 8000 words
- Up to eight figures or tables
- An abstract up to 350 words
- More than 50 references
Articles must have a clear, concise, complete, and objective description of the research background, including a brief development and current status of the related field of research, the problems intended to be solved, and the significance of the reported results. Authors may publish detailed materials, specifics of experimental conditions, and brief derivations as supplementary material on the web edition of the journal.
Reviews: Typically invitation only from the editor, Reviews are generally on progress in rapidly developing fields. Reviews must be clear, complete, and objective and depict the historical background, problems and current status, recent progress and future perspectives in a research field. Reviews are not reference reports. We encourage personal accounts with unique and critical assessments and perspectives. Authors may submit a Review without an invitation from the editor; however, the editor must consent. If you would like to submit a Review without invitation, you must first submit a table of contents and a summary, as well as a list of major references. Reviews typically do not exceed 9500 words and 12 figures or tables. Abstracts typically do not exceed 450 words.
Comments and Errata: Comments and Errata are on experimental and theoretical results with significant or general interest published within the previous 12 months in CJCP, or published within the previous six months in other peer-reviewed journals. Comments are typically fewer than 1000 words and have no more than two figures or tables. A limited number of Comments with significance can be published only with critical peer-review. Authors can submit Errata for their manuscripts published in CJCP within the previous 12 months. Comments and Errata for articles that were published outside of the deadlines noted above will be considered for topics with significance.
Errata are brief and limited to the experimental conditions and facts only. For reinterpretation of results, the editor will consider publishing in the form of Comments or regular Articles. Editor-requested retractions, Comments, and Errata on papers with major flaws, academic misconduct, or falsification shall be sent to the authors' employers and the funding agency that supported the work.
Preparation of Manuscripts:
CJCP publishes in English with Chinese abstracts. Authors are responsible for using proper English spelling and grammar, with the following requirements:
Title: The title should be clear and concise, typically fewer than 15 words, and without special symbols. Avoid long and general titles.
Author list: The number of authors is usually fewer than four. For collaborative work, the number is usually fewer than six. Use the first page of footnotes or the acknowledgement section to clarify the role of each author. Names, fax numbers, and email addresses of the corresponding authors are listed in the footnotes on the first page.
Abstract: The abstract must be concise and clear and not exceed the word limit for the type of submission. Avoid special symbols in the abstract.
Text: Except for Letters, Comments, and Errata, a manuscript usually has the following clearly labeled sections:
- Introduction (can include the theoretical background)
- Theoretical background (can be included in the introduction)
- Methodology or experiments
- Results and discussion
Reviews manuscripts can arrange the order of sections differently. The introduction must clearly present research purposes and motivations and the relationship to the current development of the field. If you use more than two complete sentences or 30 words in the same logical sequence from the literature, you must clearly label and reference it. If you quote your own text that was previously published, limit it to 10 sentences. In the introduction and methodology and experiment sections, you may quote your own previously published text to include up to one-third of the total content in each of these two sections.
Acknowledgments: Acknowledgement of research funding sources and others follows the main text section. They generally acknowledge help received, and we encourage you to specify the roles of each author.
Reference list: Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references and for ensuring that due credit is given for any references used. Generally, we discourage listing unpublished results or materials, as well as group references. Please use the following citation styles:
- Periodical or journal:  Y. L. Yeh, C. Zhang, H. Held, A. M. Mebel, X. Wei, S. H. Lin, and Y. R. Shen, J. Chem. Phys. 114, 1837 (2001).
- Book:  R. E. Hummel, Electronic Properties of Materials, 3rd Ed. New York: Springer Verlag, 132 (2000).
- Dissertation:  S. Zhang, Ph. D. Dissertation. Hefei: University of Science and Technology of China, No. XXXXXXX, (2006).
All manuscripts are subject to anonymous review, and the editors decide whether to accept or reject manuscripts. The editors also maintain the right to reject a manuscript without review.
After your submission is considered complete, the editors sends your manuscript for review within one week. If they do not hear from the editor after 90 days from submission, authors may submit their manuscript to another journal. Authors must return their revised manuscript to the editor within the specified time. If you fail to return the revised manuscript within 60 days, your manuscript will be withdrawn from consideration. You cannot submit your withdrawn manuscript to other peer-review journals within 12 months. CJCP does not keep rejected manuscripts. Authors are responsible for keeping the original manuscript.
In order to make your research results available to readers as quickly and as broadly as possible, CJCP will do its best to shorten the time for the review and printing processes. An electronic version of accepted manuscripts will be put on the web before the paper version is printed. Electronic file in .pdf format is available to authors at the earliest possible time.