Instructions for Authors / Guide for Authors


Manuscript submission

The manuscript should be submitted online via the online submission service Editorial Manager (

After receiving a manuscript, a manuscript code number and copyright transfer agreement will be assigned and sent to the corresponding author. The author should revise the manuscript according to the reviewers’ comments and return the original manuscript, the revised manuscript and a list of changes or a rebuttal against each point raised by the reviewers within 1 months. After this period, the unreturned manuscript will be considered withdrawn and any resubmission will be treated as a new submission. The authors should provide a final manuscript after passing the review process for the editing of the English writing by our English editors.

Before publishing, one set of page proofs in PDF format for proofreading along with the page charge notice will be sent to the author by e-mail or by post. Please use this proof only to check the typesetting, typographical errors, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures only. No significant changes to the article are allowed at this stage. To facilitate the timely and accurate publication of your manuscript, it is important to have all your corrections sent back to us together in one communication. Please check carefully before returning the page proofs, and all corrections, revisions, and additions must be made directly on the proofs. Proofreading of the page proofs is solely the author's responsibility. Revised proofs and page charges should be returned to the editorial office within 2 d. According to guidelines of Copyright Law, editor has the right to make changes to the manuscript.

To submit your manuscript, please follow the instructions given on the website. In order to submit a manuscript you will need a single Microsoft Word file that contains the text, all figures and tables, and any Supporting Information associated with the manuscript.

Types of manuscripts

Categories of contribution for Wuhan University Journal of Natural Sciences (WUJNS) are original research articles, short communications, reviews, Essays. Only manuscripts that contain original research and solid data and that are written concisely and clearly will be considered.

Articles should be full research papers describing original and innovative results of high quality and up to date investigations.

Short communications should report a significant aspect of research work meriting separate publication.

Reviews should be critical summaries that highlight the past researches and describe the future trends of an academic field.

Manuscripts should be written preferably in English. Correct spelling and grammar are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

Copyright Notice

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors. The author warrants that his/her contribution is original and that he/she has full power to make this grant. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. Transfer of copyright to WUJNS becomes effective if and when the article is accepted for publication. After submission of the Copyright Transfer Statement signed by the corresponding author, changes of authorship or in the order of the authors listed will not be accepted by WUJNS. The copyright covers the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, microform, electronic form (offline, online) or other reproductions of similar nature.

While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publishers can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

Conflicts of interest

Authors should reveal all sources of funding for the work presented in the manuscript and indicate relevant conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests relevant to the subject of their manuscript, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, etc.

Page charge and the costs associated with color figure reproduction

Page charge and the extra costs associated with color figure reproduction are expected to be met by the author. The author will be advised of their expected cost contribution upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication.

After the paper is published, authors will be paid and presented with two copies of the current issue and a PDF file at no cost. If you do not agree, please state clearly when the manuscript is submitted.

Manuscript preparation

Text of the submitted articles must be prepared with Word for Windows. Normal style set to single column, 1.5 line spacing, and 10.5 pt Times New Roman font is recommended. Articles should be written preferably in English. Correct spelling and grammar are the sole responsibility of the author(s). Papers should be written in a concise and succinct manner.


The title should reflect the content of the manuscript. It should be concise, accurate and specific. Only the first letter of the title should be capitalized, except for proper nouns.

Authors and affiliations

Authors should be the researchers who have participated in the research work, and they are responsible for the content of the full paper. Authors also should respond the questions and comments raised by the editors. The author names should be separated by comma and the corresponding author should be marked with an asterisk. The detailed contact information (phone, fax and e-mail) should be listed and the corresponding author is responsible for the communication with editors. Evincive letter of affiliation should be provided when the copyright is changed. The surname and the first letter of given names of author should be capitalized (e.g. ZHANG Xiaohua). The names of foreign authors should follow international tradition. The different affiliations of the authors should be indicated by a superscript number after the author names.


The financial support and the contact information of the first author (biography) and corresponding author (e-mail) should be presented in footnotes.


The abstract should be a short paragraph that briefly describes the key contents of the full paper, not necessarily giving the remark and explanation at the level of detail found in Chemical Abstracts. It should be understood independently of the main body of the paper.

The main body


The introduction should concisely summarize the background of the research, raise the specific scientific questions the research is intended to solve, and describe the basic theory, research method, and experimental design. It should clearly state the purpose of the paper, especially the significance and novelty of the research.


The description of the research method should be as concise as possible. The significant number and the precision of the measured data should be consistent with the methods used. For a previously reported method, a reference citation is generally sufficient. For a modified method or a newly developed method, enough details should be provided to enable others to repeat the procedures. The data calculation process, software and the version, and the computer program used for theoretical calculation should be described.

Nomenclature, symbols, units, and Numbers

The units of measurement and symbols of calculation must follow the Chinese Calculation Unit Law (shortened for Calculation Unit Law) based on the international unit system. Please also refer to Quantity and Unit (Beijing, China Standard Press). Standard abbreviations can be used throughout the manuscript. Non-standard abbreviations must be defined in the text when it is first used.

The Latin names of biological species and genera should be written in italics, with the full name always used when it appears for the first time in the text (e.g., Homo sapiens); the abbreviated form (e.g., H. sapiens) may be used thereafter.

Abbreviations and acronyms should be used sparingly and consistently. Where they first appear in the text, the complete term should also be given.

Variables should be in Italic, and vectors, tensors and matrices shall be in Black Italic. Units in illustrations and tables shall be in the “symbol/unit” form.

Numbers are generally expressed by the Arabic number system. The numbers between 0.1- 1 000 can be written as is and scientific notation system is encouraged for more complicated numbers. The measured data should be consistent with the accuracy of the measuring instrument. Any error is only allowed at the last digit of the number. And the correction and revision of the significant numbers should be done in one time.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be designed reasonably and inserted in the text where appropriate. The captions should be self-explanatory so that they should be understood without reference to the text. Lettering should be readable (suggested 8 point Times New Roman) with equal size in all figures. Tables and figures must be cited in the text and numbered sequentially in the order of appearance with Arabic numbers. Use common programs such as Word Excel to prepare figures (graphs) and ChemDraw to prepare structures in their final size (single-column width is 8.0 cm; double-column width is (10-17) cm). The graph area should be white. The legend should be inside the graph area. The style of all graphs should be the same. Figures and illustrations should be of sufficient quality for the printed version, i.e. 300 dpi minimum. Digital images and photographs should be of high quality (minimum 250 dpi resolution). On submission, figures should be of good enough resolution to be assessed by the referees, ideally as JPEGs. High-resolution figures (in JPEG, TIFF format) might be required if the paper is accepted for publication(The same graphs can be provided separately and submitted together in a RAR file.

Tables should be prepared in the Word file of the paper as usual Word tables. The captions should above the table and self-explanatory.

Results and discussion

This section should include the newly obtained experimental results, conclusions, and limitations of the experiments. Especially these experimental conditions that cannot be controlled easily should be pointed out. The discussion should be in the context of previous findings and related with the objective, results, and conclusions of the experiments. Avoid repeating the results and do not review the literatures in this part. Speculative deductions and conclusions without supporting data and evidence are not allowed.


This section is optional. Sources of financial support may be recognized here or in a footnote on the title page. Persons, who made contributions to the research but not on the author list, could be listed here.


The references are cited numerically in the order of appearance in the main text. When cited in the text, reference numbers with square brackets should be superscripted. References are literature reports that have been published. Papers that have been accepted for publication are marked by “In press”. Authors are expected to check the original source for accuracy. Literature references are listed at the end of the main text and numbered.

References should be given in the following forms:

Periodicals: The listed reference consists of a serial number, names of all author (s), title of article, names of the Journal (Journal titles should be abbreviated according to American Chemical Society guidelines), year of publication, volume (No.), and pages;

  • [1] Bertino E, Ferrari E, Squicciarini A. Reputation-X: A peer-to-peer framework for reputation establishment [J]. IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 2004, 16(7): 827-842.
  • [2] Bernecker T, Kriegel H P, Mamoulis N, et al. Scalable probabilistic similarity ranking in uncertain databases [J]. IEEE Trans Knowl Data Eng, 2010, 22(9): 1234-1246.

Books: The listed book consists of a serial number, names of the author (s), title of the books, publisher location, publisher name, year of publication;

  • [3] Mollin R A. An Introduction to Cryptography [M]. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2006.

Conference: The citation consists of a serial number, names of the author (s), title of article, names of the conference, publisher location, publisher name, year of publication;

  • [4] Miranda H, Rodrigues L. A framework to provide anonymity in reputation networks[C]// Proc 3rd Annual International Conf on Mobile and Ubiquitous networks: Networks and Services. San Jose: IEEE Press, 2006: 1-4.

Theses: The text citation consists of a serial number, author (s), title, publisher location, colleges (institutions), and year;

  • [5] Li R X. Research on Methods of Financial Documents Content Authentication Based on Watermarking [D]. Wuhan: South-Central University for Nationalities, 2010(Ch).

Resources on line: The citation consists of a serial number, names of the author (s), title, time, URL;

Patent: The patent reference consists of a serial number, title, patent inventor, patent number, patent country, time of application;

  • [7] Brickell E F, Hall C D, Cihula J F, et al. Method of Improving Computer Security Through Sandboxing[P]. US: 7908653, 2011-03-15.

Standard: The citation consists of a serial number, Promulgation unit, title, number of Standard, publisher location, publisher, publisher year;

  • [8] Environmental Protection Department. Leachate Treatment Project Technical Specification of Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (HJ564-2010)[S]. Beijing: China Environmental Science Press, 2010(Ch).