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National Science Review (NSR) is a new scientific journal published in English under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and aimed at the international scientific community. Our goal is to review recent progress in various areas of science in China and around the world, and to discuss issues in science and technology of interest to the international scientific community. Issues include multi-national collaborations, global issues in scientific and technological development, and their impact on society in general.

The journal covers most areas of the natural sciences, including physics and mathematics, chemistry, life sciences, earth sciences, materials sciences, and information sciences, with the following regular sections: Editorial, Reviews, Perspectives, Research Highlights, Letters and Commentaries, Interviews, Forum and Special Topic.


Editorials are written by the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members, or invited scientists and policy makers, on a broad range of topics from science to science policy and issues related to the broader society.


Extensive reviews cover recent progress in specific areas of science, including historical overviews, recent advances made by scientists within China and internationally, and perspectives for future development. The content should be based on, or closely related to, the author’s own research work and appropriate for readers of a broad range of scientific disciplines.


Perspectives include articles on the latest developments in a specific area of research, viewpoints on recent progress in science and technology, scientific research funding and administration, as well as science-related societal issues.

Research Highlights

Research Highlights includes brief summaries and comments on recent research achievements in natural sciences, with emphasis on contributions of Chinese scientists.

Letters & Commentaries

These include letters and comments received by NSR on contents and subjects covered by NSR that are of general interest to our readers.


These are in-depth interviews with leading scientists and science policy makers, both from China and abroad.


The forum provides a platform to discuss timely or controversial issues in science and technological development, science policies and funding mechanisms, and other societal issues, in a variety of formats that include essays and transcripts of round-table discussions and point-counterpoint dialogues.

Special Topic

Special Topic includes comprehensive coverage of a specific research area with significant recent progress in China or internationally. Contents include overviews of major advances in the field, extensive review articles, perspectives, research highlights, and interviews of prominent scientists.

Editorials, Interviews and Forum are written chiefly by the in-house editorial journal teams. All other articles are mainly commissioned from leading scientists and strictly peer-reviewed before publication.

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All manuscripts sent for publication in NSR are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. Our science editor and executive editor first review the submitted manuscript. The criteria used in the initial review include whether the paper is interesting for a broad scientific audience, and whether the content is innovative and valuable. The results of the initial review will be returned to the author in seven days, although this will not include specific opinions. Papers that pass the initial review will be forwarded to one editorial board member for the recommendations of 2–3 referees. The Editorial Office will invite those referees to review the paper and collect at least two review reports and ask the authors for adequate revision (peer-review again whenever necessary) before requesting the decision of the Associate Editor. Regardless of whether a paper is accepted or rejected, we will inform the author of the evaluation results. For the accepted paper, we will carry out a review of the English.



By submitting your manuscript to the journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Copyright and licence

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at NSR authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form. Details of how to sign the licence using our online system will be sent after acceptance.

  • You hereby grant the China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. an exclusive licence for the full period of copyright throughout the world:
    - to publish the final version of the article in NSR, and to distribute it and/or to communicate it to the public, either within NSR, on its own, or with other related material throughout the world, in printed, electronic or any other format or medium whether now known or hereafter devised;
    - to make translations and abstracts of the article and to distribute them to the public;
    - to authorize or grant licences to third parties to do any of the above;
    - to deposit copies of the article in online archives maintained by Oxford University Press (OUP) or by third parties authorized by OUP.
  • You authorize OUP to act on your behalf to defend the copyright in the article if anyone should infringe upon it and to register the copyright of the article in the US and other countries, if necessary.
  • In the case of a multi-authored article, you confirm that you are authorized by your co-authors to enter the licence on their behalf.
  • You confirm to NSR that the article:
    - is your original work;
    - has not previously been published (in print or electronic format), is not currently under consideration by another journal, or, if it has already been submitted to other journals, it will be immediately withdrawn;
    - will not be submitted for publication to any other journal following acceptance in NSR; and
    - OUP will be the first publisher of the article, except that earlier versions may have appeared in a working paper series.
  • You warrant to NSR that:
    - no part of the article is copied from any other work;
    - you have obtained ALL the permissions required (for print and electronic use) for any material you have used from other copyrighted publications in the article; and
    - you have exercised reasonable care to ensure that the article is accurate and does not contain anything which is libellous, or obscene, or infringes on anyone’s copyright, right of privacy, or other rights.


For further details, please see our self-archiving policy .

Free link to published article

On publication of your article, you will receive a URL, giving you access to the published article on NSR’s website, and information on use of this link.

Educational use

You may use the article within your employer’s institution or company for educational or research purposes only, including use in course-packs, as long as: (1) you do not use it for commercial purposes or re-distribution outside of the institution/company; (2) you acknowledge NSR as the original place of publication with the correct citation details given.

Conflicts of interest

NSR policy requires that each author reveals any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it.

Animal Experiments

When reporting animal experiments authors should indicate whether the institution’s, national research council’s, or any other law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Human Subjects

When reporting on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Helsinki Declaration (1964, amended most recently in 2008) of the World Medical Association. Manuscripts should include a statement that the patient’s written consent was obtained and any information, including illustrations, should be as anonymized as far as possible. Authors should indicate that the design of the work has been approved by local ethical committees or that it conforms to standards currently applied in the country of origin. The name of the authorizing body should be stated in the paper.

Material disclaimer

The opinions expressed in NSR are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors, the editorial board, Oxford University Press or the organization to which the authors are affiliated.

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If you have any questions about this introduction, do not hesitate to contact NSR Editorial Office.

Address: 16 Donghuangchenggen North Street, Beijing 100717, China
Tel: +86-10-6403-7232
Fax: +86-10-6401-6350
E-mail: nsr@scichina.org

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