Submission Guideline Overview

The submitted manuscripts should have highlighted key points, rigorous discussion, concise words, and long formula derivation should be avoided. 


The manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title, author's name, work affiliation (including secondary affiliation, postal code and province and city), abstract, key words, text, and references.


Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.



Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.


Online Submission

Please follow the hyperlink “author login” at the side column and upload all your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.


Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.



The title page should include:

The name(s) of the author(s);

A concise and informative title;

The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e., institution, (department), city, (state), zip codes, country;

A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author;

If address information is provided with the affiliation(s) it will also be published.

For authors that are (temporarily) unaffiliated we will only capture their city and country of residence, not their e-mail address unless specifically requested.



Please provide an abstract of 500 to 1000 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.



Please provide 5 to 8 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.



All manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Declarations'.

If any of the sections are not relevant to your manuscript, please include the heading and write 'Not applicable' for that section.



(1) Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.

Use italics for emphasis.

Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.

Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.

Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.

Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).


(2) Headings

Please use the decimal system of headings with no more than three levels.


(3) Abbreviations

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


(4) Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


Scientific style

Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (SI units).

Nomenclature: Insofar as possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those used by Chemical Abstract Service or IUPAC.


Genus and species names should be in italics.


Please use the standard mathematical notation for formulae, symbols etc.:Italic for single letters that denote mathematical constants, variables, and unknown quantities Roman/upright for numerals, operators, and punctuation, and commonly defined functions or abbreviations, e.g., cos, det, e or exp, lim, log, max, min, sin, tan, d (for derivative) Bold for vectors, tensors, and matrices.



(1) Citation

The references should be selected from the papers of the last five years and arranged according to the order in which they appear. The serial number of the references should be indicated in the upper right corner of the quoted sentences. It is better to have more than 20 references. Do not quote unpublished materials. Omission may lead to misunderstanding and serious academic consequences.


(2) Reference list

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.


The example reference list is followed as:

[1] KONG Hongpu, WANG Jinhua, LI Yumei, et al. Stress distribution characteristics in rock surrounding heading face and its relationship with supporting [J]. Journal of China Coal Society, 2009, 23(7): 145-150.

Always use the full journal title.



All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.

Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.

Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


Figure Lettering

Keep figure lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).

Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.

Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.

Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.


Figure Numbering

All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).

If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,"A1, A2, A3, etc."


Figure Captions

Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.

Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.

No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.

Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.


Electronic Supplementary Material

Journal of China Coal Society accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.

(1) Submission

Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.

Please include in each file the following information: article title, journal name, author names; affiliation and E-mail address of the corresponding author.

Audio, Video, and Animations

Aspect ratio: 16:9 or 4:3

Supported file formats: avi, wmv, mp4, mov, m2p, mp2, mpg, mpeg, flv, mxf, mts, m4v, 3gp


(2) Text and Presentations

Submit your material in PDF format; .doc or .ppt files are not suitable for long-term viability.

A collection of figures may also be combined in a PDF file.


(3) Captions

For each supplementary material, please supply a concise caption describing the content of the file.

Processing of supplementary files

Electronic supplementary material will be published as received from the author without any conversion, editing, or reformatting.


Integrity of research and reporting

Ethical standards

Manuscripts submitted for publication must contain a declaration that the experiments comply with the current laws of the country in which they were performed. Please include this note in a separate section before the reference list.


Conflict of interest

Authors must indicate whether or not they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. This note should be added in a separate section before the reference list.

If no conflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.



Offprints can be ordered by the corresponding author.


Online First

The article will be published online on CNKI website after receipt of the corrected proofs. This is the official first publication citable with the DOI. After release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.


Editorial policy

The editorial policies of Journal of Coal Science and Technology are determined jointly by its Editorial Board in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements of China.


Publication fee

Once the article is accepted, the authors need to pay the corresponding publication cost.