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Chinese Physics C publishes original research articles, rapid communications and reviews in the field of particle physics, nuclear physics, particle and nuclear astrophysics and cosmology.

Manuscripts must be submitted through the web-based submission system at

During submission, fill in all relevant information, including author information for all co-authorslisted on the manuscript. Upload a PDF of the manuscript for review.

Manuscripts should be original material - by submitting a paper for publication in CPC, theauthors imply that the material has not been published previously and has not been submittedfor publication elsewhere.

Author Guideline

  • Aims and Scope
  • Chinese Physics C (CPC) covers the fields of particle physics, nuclear physics, particle and nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology.

    CPC publishes Regular Articles, Rapid Communications and Reviews. The manuscripts should be written in English.

  • Submissione
  • Manuscripts must be submitted through the web-based submission system at https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/cpc. Submissions by email will not be accepted.

    During submission, fill in all relevant information, including author information for all co-authors listed on the manuscript. Upload a PDF of the manuscript for review.

    Manuscripts should be original material - by submitting a paper for publication in CPC, the authors imply that the material has not been published previously and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere.

  • Preparation of Manuscripts
  • 1. Format and contents

    The manuscript should be formatted in LaTeX if possible;Otherwise, Microsoft Word format may be used. A PDF file of the manuscript should be uploaded for review, as the manuscript system does not automatically compile PDF from TeX.

    The manuscript contents should be presented in the following order: title, authors, affiliations  and addresses, abstract, keywords, main text, acknowledgements, appendices, references. The main body of the paper should be divided into at least three numbered sections. All pages should be numbered.

    2. Title

    The title should show clearly what the paper is about, as concisely as possible without losing precision.

    3. Names, affiliations and addresses

    The names of the authors, their affiliations, and the addresses (including postal code) of their institutions should be given. The name of the author to whom correspondence is to be addressed should be indicated and an e-mail address supplied. If applicable, any collaboration name should follow the list of authors.

    For authors from mainland China, the author may choose the format of the name in Romanized script, but it must be followed in parenthesis by the name in Chinese characters. For example, for an author named 周 晓 明 , he/she may choose the Romanized version to be Xiao-Ming Zhou (preferred), Xiaoming Zhou, Xiao-ming Zhou or X. M. Zhou. On the paper, this would then appear as Xiao-Ming Zhou (周晓明). Authors from other Chinese-speaking areas, Japan and Korea are welcome to supply names in non-Roman script if they wish.

    4. Abstract, keywords

    The abstract should give a concise summary of the article and the main results. Three to eight keywords should be provided.

    5. Formulae and equations

    Formulae or equations should be numbered consecutively and must be referred to in the text. Special attention should be paid to any symbols that could easily be misread, such as i (lower case), I (capital), l (el), 1 (one), ' (prime), o (lower case), O (capital),    0 (zero),  °(degree), u,m (Greek mu), v, V (capital), n (Greek nu), x, X, c (Greek chi),  ×(multiplication operation), z, Z, p, P, r (Greek rho), etc.

    6. References

    In the body of the paper, all references must be cited consecutively in numerical order with on-line Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) in square brackets which are spaced away from the preceding word or symbol.

    For example, ``… in a relativized quark model [1], …''

    In the References section of the paper, various types of reference should be presented as follows.

    Journal paper

    Z. Z. Xing, Chin. Phys. C, 36 (2): 101-105 (2012)
    G. Anison et al (UA1 Collaboration), Phys. Lett. B, 177: 244 (1986)
    S. Ferrara, A. F. Grillo, G. Parisi, and R. Gatto, Nucl. Phys. B, 49: 77 (1972)
    J. T. He, Y. F. Mao, X. L. Dong et al, HEP & NP, 21 (1): 21 (1997) (in Chinese)
    (If the number of authors exceeds 3, only the first three names plus ``et al'' are required.)

    Book

    D. H. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics, Third edition (Menlo Park, California: Addison- Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 1987), p. 123

    Contribution to an edited volume

    N. Paver, in Electromagnetic Interactions of Hadrons, Vol. 2, edited by A. Donnachie and G. Shaw (New York: Plenum Press, 1978), p. 353

    Conference report

    Y. S. Zhu, Recent y' and cc Results from BES, in Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on High Energy Physics, edited by Z. Ajduk and A. K. Wroblewski (Singapore: World Scientific, 1996), p. 507

    Ph.D./M.S. dissertation

    G. Song, Hybrid Dose Calculation Research and Program Development for Accurate Radiotherapy, Ph.D. Thesis (Beijing: Institute of Plasma Physics, CAS, 2008) (in Chinese)

    Preprint

    F. P. An et al (Daya Bay Collaboration), arXiv:1210.6327

    S. H. Zhu, arXiv: hepph/0701001

    A. Lahanas and D. V. Nanopoulos, CERN preprint, CERN-TH 1986, 4400/86

    Website

    http://www.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2001/pres/113280.pdf, retrieved 29th February 2014

    The date of retrieval should be given.

    Patent

    M. Q. Cui and S. Xue, China Patent ZL00102966.5 (2003) (in Chinese)

    Accepted paper awaiting publication

    J. Liu, Y. Y. Chu, Z. Z. Ren et al, Theoretical Study of Central Depression of Nuclear Charge Density Distribution by Electron Scattering, Chin. Phys. C, to be published

    Unpublished material (e.g. private communications), apart from papers which have  been accepted and are awaiting publication, should be included as footnotes rather than being listed in the References.

    7. Figures

    Figures must be numbered and must be referred to in the text. Each figure must have a separate caption and should be placed near where it is referenced in the text. The figures should have suitable dimensions, not disproportionately large or small. Lettering and essential details should be clearly legible when the article is printed at normal size. Lettering should be uniform. Axes must be labeled properly.

    For figure files, EPS (or PDF) format is preferred. All figures should be of sufficiently high resolution, at least 300 dpi for JPG or other non-vector graphics files. All fonts should be embedded.

    8. Tables

    Each table should have a number and a caption and should be placed near where it is referenced in the text.

    9. Acknowledgements and funding information

    The  Acknowledgements  should  include  thanks  to  individuals  or  groups  who  have  helped or

    supported the work in some way, but who have not contributed enough to be  included  as authors of the article. The Acknowledgements section should not include grants or funding information. Funding information should be included in a footnote on the first page of the article, marked with an asterisk.

    10. arXiv

    When your article is submitted to CPC, you should also submit the article to the arXiv preprint server at http://arXiv.org/ or the mirror site http://cn.arXiv.org/ and state that it has been submitted to Chinese Physics C. This will increase the global reach of your article and, for high energy physics papers, will allow your paper to be published under the SCOAP3 Open Access publication scheme. If your article has already been submitted to arXiv, please let us know the preprint number.

  • After Submission
  • Notification

    The corresponding author will receive an automatic email acknowledgement when the manuscript is received. A final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of the article will normally be sent to the corresponding author by email within three months.

    Review process

    All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. If necessary, the authors may be asked to revise their manuscript and resubmit a modified version, within one month for minor revisions or  two months for major revisions. Revised manuscripts received later than within two months of the decision letter being sent may be considered new submissions.

    Copyright transfer

    If the paper is accepted for publication, the copyright of the paper should be transferred to the Editorial Office of CPC, unless it qualifies for SCOAP3 publication, in which case it is published under a CC-BY licence. All responsibility for the contents of the paper rests with the authors, including correct ordering of author names, any matters relating to protection of state secrets, etc.

    Indexing

    CPC is indexed in major international indexing systems including SCI-E, CA, SA, JICST and РЖ.

  • Publication Schedule
  • Chinese Physics C is published monthly. Articles appear online in final typeset form ahead of the official publication date, in the “Issues in Press” section of the website. The official publication date for print copies is the 5th of each month.

Author Ethics

  • Authors should ensure the article is their original work and does not get involved with any infringement of previous publications by themselves and other authors.

  • In addition to appropriately cite relevant publications, authors must get permission to use any information obtained privately (i.e. conversation, correspondence or discuss).

  • All authors who have made a significant scientific contribution should be named on the manuscript and be accountable for the content equally. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all named authors have approved the submitted version of the manuscript and be willing to take responsibility for it.

  • During the peer review period, authors must not submit a manuscript to other journal simultaneously.

  • Funding information should be disclosed in the manuscript.

  • A conflict of interest (professional or financial) concerned with the manuscript must be declared during the submission.

  • Authors are allowed to suggest reviewers who must be suitable one with appropriate experience and with no conflict of interest.

After Acceptance

After a paper is accepted, and source files and copyright forms (or SCOAP3licence forms) are received, the article is assigned to an issue and a DOI prepared. The language is then edited by a native English speaker, before typesetting and copy-editing. Authors are asked to check the proofs before publication. The final print-ready articles appear online first, in the “Issues in Press” section of the website, before print publication.

  • Journal Policies on Post-Publication Discussion and Corrections
  • Articles published with CPC are allowed to be correcting, revising and retracting provided that the author's requests are reasonable and correct verified by experts.

  • Coplaints and Appeals
  • If authors consider the decision or comment from the peer reviewer is injustice, he can appeal to editorial office (cpc@ihep.ac.cn) for a new review which should be completed by new reviewer and original reviewer. However, the appeal should be no more than twice.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Publication rights
  • For accepted articles, the Chinese Physics C must confirm all necessary rights have been transfer to CPC so that the manuscript can be published. The transfer of copyright includes all material to be published as part of the article, including but not limited to tables, figures, graphs and all supplemental materials. CPC have the right to register copyright to the article in its name as claimant, whether separately or as part of the journal issue in which article is included.

    There are two kinds of copyright agreements of CPC: the standard CPC copyright transfer form and SCOAP3 license, both of them must be filled in correctly, signed, dated and submitted to CPC.

    The standard CPC copyright transfer form is required when the accepted article published under the subscription model.

    The SCOAP3 license to publish agreement is required when the accepted article qualifies for SCOAP3 funding and CPC can offer free Open Access publication..

  • Permissions
  • To reuse of subscription content published by CPC, the users need to request permission from CPC, unless the content was published under an Open Access license which automatically permits that type of reuse.

    To reuse of Open Access content published by CPC, for content published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (“CC CY”), the users don’t need to request permission to copy, distribute and display the final published version of the article and to create derivative works, subject to appropriate attribution.

Author Fee

For articles funded by SCOAP3, there are no page fees or other charges.For non-SCOAP3articles submitted by authors from institutions outside the Chinese mainland, there are no page fees or other charges.For non-SCOAP3articles submitted by authors from institutions within the Chinese mainland, page fees apply if an article is accepted. There are no other charges.

ArXiv Preprint

We recommend that all authors submit their manuscripts to the relevant sections of arXiv http://arxiv.org or http://cn.arxiv.org, specifying ‘Submitted to Chinese Physics C’ in the header of the first page of the article.

For high energy physics articles in the hep-ex, hep-ph, hep-th and hep-lat categories, if you would like to qualify for SCOAP3funding, youmustsubmit your manuscript to arXiv and provide us with the arXiv number.Please send the arXiv number for your article to the CPC Editorial Office at cpc@ihep.ac.cn.