Instructions for Authors
Aims and scopes
Acta Horticulturae Sinica is a monthly academic journal
in Chinese with English title, author, English abstract etc, co-sponsored by the Chinese Society for Horticultural Science, the Institution of Vegetable and Flowers (IVF), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). The major aims of Acta Horticulturae Sinica are to report
the research achievements in basic and applied basic research on all major horticultural crops including fruits, vegetables, ornamental trees and flowers, tea trees, and medicinal plant.
The columns covers academy papers, research reports, reviews, problems and discussions, new technologies etc.
Editorial review and acceptance
The acceptance criteria for all articles are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to readership. All manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers, and the final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication. Authors are encouraged to suggest two to three qualified reviewers. Decisions on acceptance, revision, or rejection are made within three months of submission commonly. Papers are usually published in chronological order of acceptance. The editors reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.
Submission of a manuscript implies that the submitted work has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors as well as by the authorities at the institute where the work has been carried out; that, if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors hand over the transferable copyrights of the accepted manuscript to Acta Horticulturae Sinica, and that the manuscript or parts there of will thus not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyight holder. Copyrights include, without spatial or timely limitation, the mechanical, electronic and visual reproduction and distribution; electronic storage and retrieval; and all other forms of electronic publication or any other types of publication including all subsidiary rights.
Journal publishing agreement
Each accepted manuscript to Acta Horticulturae Sinica must be accompanied by a journal publishing agreement including statements that: ①All authors agree with the submission; ②If material has been reproduced from another source, the authors have authorization from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher) to use it, and have included this authorization with their submission;③Final approval of the version to be submitted; ④All authors must participate in determining the order of authorship;⑤Conflict of interest statement when authorship is attributed to a group, all authors must meet the listed criteria and must be responsible for the quality, accuracy, and ethics of the work.
Conflict of interest
In the interests of transparency and to help reviewers assess any potential bias, the journal asks authors of research articles to declare any competing commercial interests in relation to the submitted work. Referees are also asked to indicate any potential conflict they might have with reviewing a particular paper.
Source of funding
Acta Horticulturae Sinica requires that all sources of institutional, private, and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential conflicts of interest noted. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged, and principal grant holders should be listed.
Submissions will be considered for publication in Acta Horticulturae Sinica only if they are submitted solely to Acta Horticulturae Sinica and do not overlap substantially with a published article. Any manuscript that has similar or near similar hypothesis, sample characteristics, methodology, results, and conclusions to a published article is a duplicate article and is prohibited. If any related material is under consideration or in press elsewhere, or a submission contains a figure that is published elsewhere or that is copyrighted, the author must provide documentation that the previous publisher or copyright holder has given permission for the figure to be re-published.
Submission of manuscript
The manuscript can be submitted online (http://www.ahs.ac.cn), or via E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Online submission is the better choice. The mailing address is:
Editorial Office of Acta Horticulturae Sinica
Institution of Vegetable and Flowers
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
12 Zhongguancun South Street
Beijing 100081, China
Preparation of manuscript
Manuscripts must be written in Chinese with English abstract. The manuscripts should be formatted in DOC file with A4 paper size, 43 Chinese characters/line, 41 lines/page, single column. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the bottom right-hand corner, beginning with the first page. Manuscripts in general should be organized in the following order:
? Title page: The title page should include: full title (a brief declarative statement of the major findings of the research), name of each author, affiliation, city with postal code and corresponding author’s contact information (including telephone).
Abstract: The Chinese and English abstract should briefly describe in complete sentences the scope of the investigation, the results obtained and the major conclusions. Abbreviations and reference citations should be avoided. 3-7 keywords should be given after the abstract.
Introduction: The introduction should give a brief background knowledge related to the research and should be as concise as possible.
Materials and Methods: The materials and methods should be described clearly and referenced in sufficient detail.
Results and Analysis: The results should clearly describe the experimental data in tables and figures.
Discussion: The discussion should focus on the interpretation and significance of the findings with concise objective comments.
Acknowledgments and any additional information concerning research grants, etc.
References should be listed in alphabetical order. The references should only include works that have been published or accepted for publication. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of authors' names and dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list. All authors' names should be mentioned in the list. If the works is not published in English, the actual language should be indicated in parentheses. Examples:
Hameed M A，Reid J B，Rowe R N. 1987. Root confinement and its effects on the water relations，growth and assimilate partitioning of tomato（Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.）. Annals of Botany，59：685–692.
Xu Chang-jie，Zhang Shang-long. 2002. Advances in research of genes responsible for carotenoid biosynthesis in citrus. Acta Horticulturae Sinica，29 (Supplement)：619–623. (in Chinese)
徐昌杰，张上隆. 2002. 柑橘类胡萝卜素合成关键基因研究进展. 园艺学报，29 (增刊)：619–623.
Hirsimaki P, Arstuka A U, Trump B F, Marzella L. Autophagocytosis. 1983. Pathobiology of cell membranes. New York: Plenum Press.
Xu Yun-bi，Zhu Li-huang. 1994. Molecular quantitative genetics. Beijing：China Agriculture Press：108–110. (in Chinese)
徐云碧，朱立煌. 1994. 分子数量遗传学. 北京：中国农业出版社：108–110.
For edited symposia
Lupton F G H. Physiological bases of heterosis in wheat. 1974. In: Janossy A, Lupton F G H, eds. Heterosis in Plant Breeding. New York: Academic Press：71–80.
Zhou Bao-li，Lin Gui-rong，Fu Ya-wen. 1998. Effect of graftage in increasing yield and controlling disease and its relationship withPPO，SOD，and EST isozymes in egglant∥Hou Xi-lin，Chang You-hong. Advances in horticulture（Ⅱ）. Nanjing：Southeast University Press：425–428. (in Chinese)
周宝利，林桂荣，付亚文. 1998. 嫁接茄子防病增产效果与PPO、SOD、EST同功酶关系的研究∥侯喜林，常有宏.园艺学进展（Ⅱ）. 南京：东南大学出版社：425–428.
Figures and images should be labeled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text. We recommend that figures are created using Adobe Photoshop or similar software. All figures are required to be in TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint (PPT) format. A resolution of at least 300 dpi is required for most figures when saved as JPEG or TIFF. The maximum length is 220 mm (not including the caption) and the width 160 mm for a full page, and the half-column width is 70~80 mm. Legends should be concise but comprehensive, i.e. the plate and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text, including definitions/explanations of any symbols, abbreviations and units of measurement mentioned in the plate. Graphs and diagrams should be drawn with computer.
Large tables should be avoided. If many data are to be presented, an attempt should be made to divide them over two or more tables. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added in parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead. Any explanation essential to the understanding of the table should be given as a footnote at the bottom of the table.
On the footnote of the first page, the following information should be provided: ①Foundation item(s), including the name of the foundation item and its granted number; ②Contact information for the first author and/or the corresponding author, including their E-mail addresses and full telephone numbers.
All measurements must be given in SI or SI-derived units.
Abbreviations should be used sparingly — only where they ease the reader's task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only. Upon its first use in the title, abstract, text and materials and methods, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (genus, species and authority) in parentheses. However, for well-known species, the scientific name may be omitted from the article title.
For manuscripts from China, author(s) should pay RMB 300 yan for each printed page, additional 800 yan for each color page, and 300 yan as the reviewing fee for each paper. Page charges are free for manuscripts from outside of China.