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Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering mainly reports the latest and most important achievements in cutting-edge and emerging topics, as well as the traditional topics referring to new methodology, technology, applications and theoretical research in groundwater science and engineering, including review papers, research papers and reports etc. Papers published involve various aspects of research concerning groundwater, such as geochemistry, geophysics, geomorphology, geobiology, urban geology, geothermy, groundwater development and utilization, groundwater resources-environment-sustainability, numerical modeling, groundwater pollution, emerging contaminants, soil science, groundwater environment evolution influenced by climate change and human activities etc., and innovative instrumentation, remote sensing, information technology relatively.

The Editorial Office has opened online submission system, https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/jgse. To submit a manuscript, the author(s) should register a profile first and make submissions in Word (.doc or .docx) format, using our online submission system. If manuscript accepted, a signed “Copyright Transfer Agreement” should be scanned and uploaded to the online system, and this agreement can be downloaded from the website ( https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/jgse or http://gwse.iheg.org.cn). Further requirements are listed in this guide.

Manuscript types

Contents: Research articles should refer to the latest research results from the world, so that the manuscripts reach an international and advanced level and report original, innovative and complete sets of results. Review articles should summarize the progress in core scientific disciplines, comment on the status of the research, and make suggestions for future studies. The author(s) must be familiar with the topic and have several years of relevant research experience.

Title: Concise and informative titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Leave out articles (a, an, the), especially at the beginning of title. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid abbreviations and formulae, when possible.

Author(s) names and affiliation(s): Please include the full, detailed name for all author(s) responsible for the article’s information and data. Write the family (last) name using capitals (e.g., SUN Hong-Lie, Adrian R Willams). Where the family (last) name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please connect them with a hyphen. Indicate all affiliations with a superscript immediately after the author’s name(s), below the name(s) of the author(s), list the address(es) of each author’s affiliation (where the actual work was done). Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name. Using an asterisk indicates and provides an email address for the corresponding author who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of publication and post-publication. The e-mail address(es) must be provided for contacting.

Abstract: Abstracts should briefly state the purpose and method(s) of the research, principal results and major conclusions. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words. It should be informative, without descriptive words or citations, and contain the major conclusions and quantitative results or other significant items in the paper. Together with the title, the abstract must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing.

Keywords: Immediately after the abstract, provide 3 to 8 keywords, closely related to the subject of the article. Avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts (e.g., ‘and’, ‘of’). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible.

Introduction: Provide an adequate background. State the significance, objective and method of the research, citing necessary references, especially references of work published in the last two to three years.

Study area /materials and methods: Introduce a general idea of the study area or experimental setting, the materials and methods used and the basic progress of the study. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced or substantiated. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference.

Results and discussion: Relating the findings and results of the observation(s) and experiment(s). Explore the significance of the results, but do not repeat them in the text.

Conclusions: Presenting main conclusions of the study that may stand alone or creating a discussion subsection.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements should include, if applicable, information on grants received, funding organizations and/or recognition of people who assisted in the research or article.

References: Please cite a reference to acknowledge sources of information from others’ research and results. Ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. The reference shall not be less than 30. Citation guidelines are as follows: As (Smith, 1998) for single author, as (Smith and Miller, 1999) for two authors, and as (Smith et al., 2006) for three or more authors. Groups of references should be listed first chronologically, then alphabetically. In the reference list, references should be arranged first alphabetically, then chronologically, if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters “a”, “b”, “c”, etc., placed after the year of publication. Journal names should not be abbreviated.

Article format

Please write your text in proper English and save in Word (.doc or .docx) format.

Figures, tables and photographs must be numbered consecutively. Their position in the paper should match the indication in the text. A figure showing national boundaries should be drawn based on the latest standard base-map of Map Press. An entire map of China should include Taiwan Island, South China Sea Islands and Diaoyudao Island. The original maps/figures shall be in formats of .XLS for EXCEL, .OPJ for Origin, .PSD for Photoshop, .JNB for Sigmaplot, .AI/.EPS for ArcGis etc. [Note: Please provide the original graphs of all your figures so that they can be edited in word size, font, curve shape, legend, etc.].

The figures and photographs should be provided in high-resolution files with 600-900 dpi. Tables should be concise and exact, using three sections, demarcated by lines. Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text, and their font size will be 7-9 pt. Please provide the original graphs of all your figures which can be edited in word size, font, curve shape, legend, etc.

Formulas should be punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered consecutively in round brackets on the right-hand side of the page.

Formulas should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, placed in parentheses to the right of the formula. The formulas’ format should be kept consistency in the whole article. Variable symbols and footnotes which represent variable symbols should be expressed in italics, while the mathematical symbols (e.g., sin, exp, ln, lg) and the abbreviation of English words (e.g., max, min) should not be expressed in italics.

Please download the Template from the website (http://gwse.iheg.org.cn) to see detailed article format.


To submit a manuscript, author(s) should register a profile first at the online submission system, and author(s) should write down more detailed information carefully when register the profile, so that we can contact with you. Editors require valid contact information for the corresponding author, including email address, postal address, and phone number. The Guide for Authors, Copyright Transfer Agreement and Template are shown on gwse.iheg.org.cn.

Authors must submit their manuscripts in English. For Chinese authors, it’s better to send the manuscripts in both English and Chinese, in order to ensure an accurate and accelerate peer and editorial review.

Authors are encouraged to suggest the names and full contact details of two or three potential reviewers on the understanding that the Editorial Board has the final decision on the selection of reviewers.

The manuscript file should have 1.15 spacing, page and line numbering. This is essential during the refereeing process.

Processing submitted manuscripts

First, the editors will review whether or not a manuscript fits the scope and basic requirements of this journal. The Editorial Office will inform authors within two weeks if it does not comply with our requirements. Manuscripts will then be independently peer-reviewed. If two or more reviewers consider the manuscript unsuitable for publication, the decision will be communicated to the author(s) within three months of the date the manuscript was received in general. In these days, author(s) can not submit the manuscript to other journals. The Editorial Office has the right to edit the articles for words, sentences, grammar and expression, if the authors do not agree, please notice the editor in advance. Manuscripts sent back to the corresponding authors for revision should be returned to the Editorial Office without delay, attaching a letter of response to each point raised by reviewers. The decision made by the Editorial Board whether or not to publish any submission, shall be final. 

 One months before manuscripts are published, a press proof in PDF format will be e-mailed to corresponding author(s). The author should check the PDF file very carefully within 48hours, because after the manuscript is published online, any changes will not be accepted. Furthermore, any such revisions should be e-mailed to the Editorial Office within two days. 

Once the manuscript is completed the final editing process, it will be published online first at http://gwse.iheg.org.cn, and author(s) could download the PDF file from the website. After the manuscript is printed, one copy of offprint will be sent to the corresponding author.

Important Disclaimer

One paper for multiple submission is strictly forbidden. Once such case discovered, any other manuscript submitted to the journal by this author will be rejected in two years.

Any plagiarized paper will be rejected. Once discovered, the author will be listed on the blacklist.

The author shall be responsible for any infringement or inadequacies in the manuscript.

Once the manuscript is accepted and published, the copyright of the article will be transferred to the Editorial Office of Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering.

Contact information


Editorial Department of Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering

Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology

No. 268, Zhonghua North Street, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, 050061, China

Tel: 86-311-67598660

Fax: 86-311-67598661

E-mail: gwse-iheg@188.com

Homepage: http://gwse.iheg.org.cn

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