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Author Guidelines

Components of a Manuscript

Title page

First page of submitted manuscript file should include article title, author name and affiliation, and corresponding author e-mail.


Abstract section need short and accurate and its word limit is 250. The abstract should include all significant findings.


An article allow up to maximum of 4-6 keywords.

Body text

The text should be divided into some necessary sections, in which each is given a separate heading and numbered consecutively.

Equations and formulas

For mathematical symbols, Greek letters and other special characters, use normal text or Symbol font. MathType is also welcomed and recommended.

Figures and tables

Figures and tables need be submitted together with the main text manuscript. Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Results and discussion

A combined Results and Discussion section is appropriate and recommended, which should be clear, and explore the significance of the results of the work.


The main conclusions of the work must be presented in a short Conclusions section.


Topically relevant funding sources and conflicts of interest are fully disclosed in the acknowledgments section.

Nomenclature and units

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units (SI). Authors wishing to present a table of nomenclature is welcomed to present them after the acknowledgments section.


The reference list should be in alphabetical order as they appear in any party of the text. The reference must include author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination. 

Requested and accepted reference style:

(1) For a journal publication:

Abda, A. S., Elhafyana, E., Siddiquia, A. R., et al. A review of the phenomenon of counter-current spontaneous imbibition: Analysis and data interpretation. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2019, 180: 456-470.

(2) For a book:

Mandelbrot, B. B. The Fractal Geometry of Nature. New York, USA, W. H. Freeman, 1982.

(3) For a chapter in an edited book:

Barton, C. C. Fractal analysis of scaling and spatial clustering of fractures, in Fractals in the Earth Sciences, edited by C. C. Barton and P. La Pointe, Plenum, New York, pp. 141-178, 1995.

(4) For a conference paper:

Fischer, H., Morrow, N. R. Spontaneous imbibition with matched liquid viscosities.  Paper SPE 96812 Presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dallas, Texas, 9-12 October, 2005.

(5) For a Non-English journal:

Du, X., Kang, Y., You, L., et al. Review of micro flow mechanism and application in low-permeability reservoirs. Geological Science and Technology Information, 2013, 32(2): 91-96. (in Chinese, French, German, Russian, etc.)

(6) For a thesis:

Todorova, D. V. Modelling of dynamical effects related to the wettability and capillarity of simple and complex liquids. Loughborough, Loughborough University, 2013.

(7) For a patent:

Author. Title. Country., Number, Year.

(8) For a newspaper:

French, W. Between silences: A voice from China. Atlantic Weekly, 1987-8-15.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1.  All submitted manuscripts must:

    (1) Include title, affiliation and email address of each author, with one author assigned as the corresponding author and provide an ORCID number for the corresponding author

    (2) Provide an abstract and keywords. The allowable word count in the abstract is no more than 300 words. No more than 5 keywords will be published

    (3) Include captions for all figures

    (4) Include titles and appropriate descriptions for all tables

    (5) Ensure all figure and table citations in the text correctly match the numbers of the figures and tables included, and all figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end

    (6) Cite in the text all references mentioned in the Reference List and vice versa

    (7) Confirm that permission has been obtained for the use of copyrighted material included from other sources

    (8) Provide a competing interest’s statement covering all the manuscripts authors, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare

    (9) Confirm the submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, pdf (from Latex) or WordPerfect document file format

    (10) Confirm the text is double-spaced, use a 12-point font

    (11) Confirm the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.


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Authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts and unlimited reuse rights of the published article. All articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License  (CC BY-NC-ND), which permits others to re-use the published material under these terms: by giving credit to the author, providing the citation of the original publication, not using for commercial purposes and not distributing the article if you have modified it. Commercial rights are retained by the author. The submitting author is responsible for securing any permissions needed for the reuse of copyrighted materials included in the manuscript.


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