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Journal of Fruit Science is a journal sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, and edited and published by the Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS). The journal is abstracted and indexed by important databases at home and abroad. With 128 16k pages per issue, the monthly Journal of Fruit Science is distributed at home and abroad.

1           Journal readers        People involved in  fruit industries, researchers in pomology, and teachers and students at colleges and universities nationwide.

2           columns        Germplasm resources·Genetics Breeding·Biotechnology, Cultivation·Physiology·Ecology, Plant protection·Fruit quality Safety, Storage·Processing, Special focus·Reviews, Techniques·Methods, Breeding Reports

3           Paper content        The manuscript should be with a clear thesis, concise text, detailed information of the materials, reliable results, reasonable arguments and novelty in certain field. Special focus·Reviews articles should cover the latest research progress in related fruit research at home and abroad, incorporate with the authors' own results, display the authors' own viewpoints, and provide important reference for the development of fruit science. The Breeding Reports introduce new cultivars that have been certified by authorities at or above provincial level. The manuscript should be submitted together with a letter from the authors' institutions indicating the approval of the publication of the manuscript and proving that the manuscript does not involve betrayal of confidence and has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Provincial/ministerial or higher level funding sources should be indicated with the name(s) and code(s) of the funded projects.

4           Layout        In order to speed up the process, the author(s) are suggested to refer to recent issues for the requirements of typographic format of the titles and texts.

5           Title          The title should be concise, informative, consistent with the content of the paper, and generally not more than 20 words. Subtitles are not encouraged. The headings in the main text are numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals with no more than 3 orders.

6           Authorship        Authorship is limited to individuals who have contributed to the work reported in the manuscript and can respond to the questions and concerns related to the manuscript. The gender, professional title, academic degree, telephone and email of the first author and the contact details (address, postal code, telephone number, and email) of the correspondence author should be noted.

7           Chinese and English abstract        A Chinese abstract of 200 to 300 words briefly describing the objective of the study, materials and methods, key results and conclusions should be provided. At the time, an English abstract with 800-1000 words for articles and 500-600 words for new cultivar reports is required to providing necessary details of the paper.

8           Keywords        Three to eight keywords should be provided below the abstract for indexing purposes. The Chinese and English keywords must be consistent.

9           Introduction        The background of related research including progress and unresolved issues, and objectives of the study are addressed in Introduction. It is not appropriate to address issues that are not involved in this article.

10       Materials and Methods        The materials and methods should clearly describe details of time, location and materials for the experiment, experimental design, replicates and sample volume, instruments and chemicals used and statistics. The latin scientific name(s) (in italics) of plant materials should be provided, and the variant or cultivar name(s) should also be specified. If an experimental method has been formerly reported, then details of the method can be omitted with the citation of the reporting literature. However, any modifications in the method from the reported one should be clearly stated. If the method is not previously reported, it should be described in details.

11       Results and Analysis        This section describes the main results of the study, providing the basic data and the secondary or tertiary data generated from statistical analysis and describing the information interpreted from the data analysis.

12       Figures and Tables        All texts in the figures and tables should be in Chinese and English. The figures should be scanned images or graphs generated by Excel. For scanned images, the resolution should be no less than 300 dpi.

13       Units        Use and write units according to international standards or the official units in China.

14       Discussion        The discussion should be focused on key issues with clear viewpoints based on the results and cited literatures, and explore the significance of the results.  Avoid repeating results and unfounded inference.

15       Conclusion        Conclusion should be in a separate paragraph, not mixed with the discussion. The conclusions should be brief, concise and clear, providing the readers with summarized information obtained from the study. This section should be within 100 words.

16       References        List references that are cited in the text. The reference citation and listing adopts the sequential coding system, and the order of the references is consecutively numbered according to the order of citation in the text. If the reference is in Chinese, it should be listed in Chinese first, followed by its English version. All the authors of the reference are listed. English journals should be listed with full names. The reference types should be indicated after the reference title. [M] for monograph, [C] for conference proceedings, [N] for newspaper articles, [J] for journal articles, [D] for dissertation, [R] for report, [S] for standard, and [P] for patents.

17       Received and accepted dates        The manuscript should be submitted online, and the received date is the date when manuscripts and reviewing fee are both received. If the manuscript does not meet the requirements of the journal, the editorial office may return the manuscript to the author(s), who are to revise accordingly and resubmit it. The manuscript will not be sent the reviewers until it meet the requirements. In this case, the received data is the date when the revised manuscript is received. The accepted date is the date when the proof is received.

18       Manuscript processing        After the manuscript is received, the editorial office will carry out the primary review. After the initial review, it will be sent to two experts for double-blind review, and then to one of the final review experts for final decision. The review result (acception, revision and re-review, or rejection) will be notified within 3 months generally. If a manuscript is suggested for revision and re-review, the manuscript will be sent back to the author(s), who are supposed to submit the revised manuscript within 3 months. If the revised manuscript is not received within 3 months and the reason for the delay is not stated in time, the manuscript will be regarded as a new submission. After the manuscript is accepted, it will be published within 6 months. Once article is published, remuneration shall be paid and a sample issue sent to the author(s).

19       Fee        A processing fee of RMB 200 yuan is charged for each submission. For the accepted manuscript, RMB 400 yuan per page will be charged, and additional fee will be charged for color printing. Author(s) will be notified of the page charge when they receive the proof.  The payment can be remitted via post or transferred via bank. The first author's name and institution and invoice title should be indicated when remitting or transferring the review fee or the page fee. A formal invoice will be sent to the author(s) after the payment is received.

20       Copyright        All authors are required to sign the "Copyright Transfer Agreement" at the time of submission, stating that they all agree to transfer the copyright of the paper, including the rights to publish, assemble, reproduce in hard or electronic form, translate and disseminate the article via internet, to Journal of Fruit Science. The copyright of the published article belongs to the author(s), who take all responsibilities related to the article. Journal of Fruit Science has joined the digital journal databases indexed by CNKI and WANFANG DATA. The papers published by Journal of Fruit Science will also be published online. The author(s) will receive a single payment for the use of the copyright (including the payment for uses in printed, CD and online forms). The "Copyright Transfer Agreement" can be found in the homepage of Journal of Fruit Science - Instruction for Authors - Copyright Transfer Agreement.

21       Editorial Office address        Office of Journal of Fruit Science, Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute, CAAS, South Weilai Road, Zhengzhou, Henan

Zip code: 450009

Tel: 0371-63387308, 65330928