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Guidance for Submission.doc

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Guidance for Submission


Water Science and Engineering (WSE), founded in 2008, is a scientific and technical periodical published quarterly in English and distributed globally.

The journal is sponsored by Hohai University in China.

Aims and Scope

WSE aims to promote international exchange in academic research on water science. It focuses on new concepts, theories, methods, and techniques related to water issues, and publishes the latest research in the fields of water science, water engineering, water resources, water environment, water ecology, and water management.

Submission Guidance

All manuscripts should be submitted to WSE at http://www.waterjournal.cn . Click “Online Submission” on the homepage of the website, and then you will be able to enter the submission system. WSE have no article submission charge or processing charge.

Requirements for Manuscripts

1. The submitted manuscripts must be neither published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. The manuscripts should be written in concise and grammatical English.

3. The manuscripts should be arranged in Word format (paper size A4) with one column according to the paper template (including font, size, line space, etc.), which can be obtained at http://www.waterjournal.cn .  

4. The paper should be organized in the following order: title, author(s), affiliation(s), abstract, key words, introduction, research contents, results, conclusions, acknowledgements, and references.

5. The title is preferred to be limited within 10 substantives. Only the initial of the first word needs to be capitalized, the others be lowercase letters (except proper nouns), and unusual abbreviations should be avoided.

6. Authors’ given names should come before surnames. The initials of given names and all the letters of surnames should be capitalized (e.g. John Quincy Abbot). For Chinese authors’ names, a hyphen is necessary between two given names (e.g. Cheng-li Zhang). There should be commas between authors’ names.

7. An abstract of more than 150 words (the title not repeated in the first sentence, and diagrams, formulas and references not included), which gives prominence to the creative ideas, the work’s purposes, methods, major findings, conclusions, etc., and key words (5 to 8 words) should be included in the manuscript.

8. The International System of Units (SI) should be adopted in the manuscript. All units in the text, figures, tables, and calculations should be used consistently.

9. All variables symbolized by single letters should be in italics; standard functions and letters symbolizing constants should be in normal style; and letters symbolizing vectors, tensors, and matrixes should be in bold italics. Each symbol that is presented in the paper for the first time should be defined. Foreign characters in capital form or lowercase form in the text and formulas should be distinguishable. Letters, numbers, and signs used as either superscripts or subscripts should be clearly identified.

10. Figures and tables with proper design should be placed right after where they’re referred to in the text. Each figure or table should have a corresponding title and be numbered consecutively. Three-line tables are required to be used. Iconographs should be drawn by computers in the format of TIF, JPG, or BMP for editing convenience. Variables in figures and tables should be in italics. Units of variables in normal style need to be put in parentheses, e.g. v (m/s).

11. If the paper is sponsored by a fund project or an important subject, please show its title at the bottom of the first page and put the serial number in subsequent parentheses.

12. The author-date system is required to be used for citations in the text and the reference list.

(1) Citations in the text: If an author’s name is cited in the text, the publication year in parenthesis should follow the name of the author, e.g. Stoker (1992). If the results, rather than the name of the author(s), are cited, a. use the author’s name(s) and the publication year(s) in parenthesis for the citation of a publication with two or less authors, e.g. (Stoker, 1992), (Lyn and Goodwin, 1987; Stoker, 1992); b. use the first author’s name followed by “et al.” for the citation of a publication with three or more authors, e.g. (Xie et al., 2004; Stoker, 1992); and c. use a lowercase letter like “a, b, c…” following the year to distinguish the works that are published during the same year by the same author e.g. (Zienkiewicz, 1995a, b, c).

(2) The reference list should consist of all published works referred to in the text, and arranged alphabetically by the authors’ names. All the authors of each reference should be listed. References include books, journals, theses, etc., which are published at home and abroad. The following reference formats are generally used:

1) Books

Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 2000. The Elements of Style, fourth ed. Longman, New York.
Chen, S.Y., 1998. Engineering Fuzzy Set Theory and Application. National Defense Industry Press, Beijing (in Chinese).  
Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones, B.S., Smith, R.Z., eds., Introduction to the Electronic Age. E- Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.

2) Journals

Chopra, A.K., Chakrabarti, P., 1981. Earthquake analysis of concrete gravity dams including dam-water-foundation rock interaction. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 9 (4), 363–383. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eqe.4290090406.

3) Conference Proceedings and Symposiums

Berkhoff, J.C.W., 1972. Computation of combined refraction and diffraction. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, 745-747. ASCE, Vancouver.
Granger, R. J., 1997. Comparison of surface and satellite-derived estimates of evapotranspiration using a feedback algorithm. In: Kite, G.W., Pietroniro, A., Schultz, T.J., eds., Applications of Remote Sensing in Hydrology, Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop NHRI Symposium. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, pp. 216–220.

4) Dissertations

Liu, C.J., 2004. Experimental Study on Unsteady Open-channel Flow and Bed-load Transport Properties. Ph. D. Dissertation. Tsinghua University, Beijing (in Chinese).

5) Others (standards, reports, electronic bulletins, newspapers, and patents)


Zhu, L.J., Cheng, N.S., 1993. Settlement of Sediment Particles. River and Harbor Engineering Department, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, Nanjing (in Chinese).

Electronic bulletins:

Turcotte, D.L., 1992. Fractals and Chaos in Geology and Geophysics. Cambridge University Press, New York. http//www.seg.org/reviews/mccorm30.htm [Retrieved Sep. 23, 1998].


e.g. China Building Materials Industries Association (CBMIA). 1999. Method of Testing Cements-Determination of Strength (GB/T17671-1999). Standards Press of China, Beijing. (in Chinese)


e.g. Norman, L. O. September 9, 1998. Lightning Rods. US Patent 4 379 752.


 Peer Review Guidance
1. Please make a general evaluation on the academic level of the paper and point out its significance in theory and practice. Please present your opinion on whether this paper is suitable for publication in Water Science and Engineering.
2. In the introduction section, please pay much attention to whether there is sufficient literature review on the latest advances in related issues at home and aboard, and whether the authors give a specific description about their innovation.
3. WSE refuses to accept papers in which the work described has been published before, or is under consideration for publication elsewhere. Falsification, plagiarism, and confidentiality issues are unacceptable. If you find any of the above problems, please point it out verbatim.
4. If you make some modifications on the reviewed paper, please upload your revised paper. For papers that are considered suitable for publication but need modifications by the authors, please provide detailed suggestions on how to improve the papers.
5. For papers that are considered unsuitable for publication in Water Science and Engineering, please present the reasons for rejection.



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