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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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

This document provides some guidelines to authors for submission in order to work towards a seamless submission process. While complete adherence to the following guidelines is not enforced, authors should note that following through with the guidelines will be helpful in expediting the copyediting and proofreading processes, and allow for improved readability during the review process.


Program: Microsoft Word (preferred)
Font: Times New Roman
Size: 12
Style: Normal
Paragraph: Justified

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Main Manuscript
  3. Reference List
  4. Supplementary Data/Information
    Supplementary figures, small tables, text etc.

As supplementary data/information is not copyedited/proofread, kindly ensure that the section is free from errors, and is presented clearly.

Cover Letter

All articles should include a cover letter as a separate document.

The cover letter should include:

  • Names and affiliation of author(s)
    The corresponding author should be identified.
    Eg. Department, University, Province/City/State, Postal Code, Country
  • A brief description of the novelty and importance of the findings detailed in the paper
  • Declaration

Conflict of Interest 
Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Research grants
  • Honoria
  • Employment or consultation
  • Project sponsors
  • Author’s position on advisory boards or board of directors/management relationships
  • Multiple affiliation
  • Other financial relationships/support
  • Informed Consent
    This section confirms that written consent was obtained from all participants prior to the study.
  • Ethical Approval
    Eg. The paper received the ethical approval of XXX Ethics Committee.
  • Trial Registration
    Eg. Name of Trial Registry: Trial Registration Number
  • Contributorship
    The role(s) that each author undertook should be reflected in this section. This section affirms that each credited author has had a significant contribution to the article.

Main Manuscript Outline


The title should not exceed 50 words. Authors are encouraged to keep their titles succinct and relevant.  Titles should avoid using uncommon jargons, abbreviations and punctuation.


A general introduction to the research topic of the paper should be provided, along with a brief summary of its main results and implications. Kindly ensure the abstract is self-contained and remains readable to a wider audience. The abstract should also be kept to a maximum of 150-200 words.


Authors should also include 5-8 keywords after the abstract, separated by a semi-colon, avoiding the words already used in the title of the article.

Title, abstract and keywords are very important for an article, which will be used for indexing purposes, so please be concise, clear and attractive.

Section Headings

Section headings, sub-headings, and sub-subheadings should be differentiated by number . Please number the section headings (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) in boldface. Likewise, use boldface to identify subheadings too but please distinguish it from major headings using numbers (e.g. 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, etc.).


The introduction should highlight the significance of the research conducted, in particular, in relation to current state of research in the field. A clear research objective should be conveyed within a single sentence.


In this section, the methods used to obtain the results in the paper should be clearly elucidated. This allows readers to be able to replicate the study in the future. Authors should ensure that any references made to other research or experiments should be clearly cited.


In this section, the results of experiments conducted should be detailed. The results should not be discussed at length in this section.

In this section, the results of the experiments conducted can be discussed in detail. Authors should discuss the direct and indirect implications of their findings, and also discuss if the results obtain reflect the current state of research in the field. Applications for the research should be discussed in this section. Suggestions for future research can also be discussed in this section.


This section offers closure for the paper. An effective conclusion will need to sum up the principal findings of the papers, and its implications for further research.


References should be included as a separate page from the main manuscript. For parts of the manuscript that have referenced a particular source, a superscript (ie. [x]) should be included next to the referenced text and should be in the Vancouver style [numeric] not Harvard style [name and year].  

[x] refers to the allocated number of the source under the Reference List (eg. [1], [2], [3])

In the References section, the corresponding source should be referenced as:

[x] Author(s), Published year. Article Title [Publication Type]. Journal Name. Vol. No., Issue No., Page numbers. URL/DOI 

Glossary of Publication Type

J = Journal/Magazine
M = Monograph/Book
C = (Article) Collection
D = Dissertation/Thesis
P = Patent
S = Standards
N = Newspapers
R = Reports

Kindly note that the order of appearance of the referenced source should follow its order of appearance in the main manuscript.

Graphs, Figures, Tables, and Equations

Graphs, figures and tables should be labelled closely below it and aligned to the center. Each data presentation type should be labelled as Graph, Figure, or Table, and its sequence should be in running order, separate from each other.

Equations should be aligned to the left, and numbered with in running order with its number in parenthesis (aligned right), and please use the MathType add-on. Equations should be editable by the editorial office and not appear in a picture format.


Author ContributionsConflicts of interestFunding, and Acknowledgements should also be declared in the final version of the manuscript. If authors who have nothing to declare are encouraged to add "No conflict of interest was reported by all authors" in  “Conflicts of Interest” section.


Copyright Notice


Copyright and Licensing

The authors shall retain the copyright of their work but allow the Publisher to publish, copy, distribute, and convey the work.

Earth and Planetary Science publishes accepted manuscripts under Creative Commons Attribution-Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Authors who submit their papers for publication by Earth and Planetary Science agree to have the CC BY-NC 4.0 license applied to their work, and that anyone is allowed to reuse the article or part of it free of charge for non-commercia. As long as you follow the license terms and original source is properly cited, anyone may copy, redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, transform, and build upon the material.

It is absolutely essential that authors obtain permission to reproduce any published material (figures, tables or any extract of a text) which does not fall into the public domain, or for which they do not hold the copyright. Permission should be requested by the authors from the copyright holder. In order to avoid unnecessary delays in the publication process, you should start obtaining permissions as early as possible. If in any doubt about the copyright, apply for permission. The journal cannot publish material from other publications without permission.

In exceptional circumstances articles may be licensed differently. If you have specific condition (such as one linked to funding) that does not allow this license, please mention this to the editorial office of the journal at submission. Exceptions will be granted at the discretion of the publisher.


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