Guide for Authors

Instructions to Authors

1. Introduction

This Instruction to Authors is to provide help for authors who wish to submit their papers in double column format to Journal of Geotechnical Geology.


2. Submission of the paper

Authors are asked to submit manuscripts in DOC (word 2003) format electronically through the Journal of Geotechnical Geology manuscript upload system ( Exceptionally, the special issue papers may be directly submitted to the Guest Editor as well as regular papers. If you have difficulties in using manuscript upload system, please contact us at []. On receiving submitted papers, the system will issue the paper ID and Password to the corresponding author, which may be conveniently used to check the status of submitted papers.


3. Preparation of the manuscript

General: The manuscripts should be in English and typed with double column and single line spacing on single side of A4 paper. Submitted papers will be published in the category of regular, technical, systematic review papers only. The first page of an article should contain: (1) a title of paper which well reflects the contents of the paper, (2) all the name(s) and affiliations(s) of authors(s), (3) an abstract of 100~250 words, (4) 4-6 keywords following the abstract, and (5) personal title and email address of the corresponding author (as foot note). The paper should be concluded by proper conclusions which reflect the findings in the paper. The normal length of the technical paper should be about 8-16 journal pages (double column format). To quick access recommended used the Authors’ Guide or Template of manuscript.

Tables and figures: Tables and figures should be consecutively numbered and have short titles. They should be referred to in the text as following examples (e.g., Fig. 1(a), Figs. 1 and 2 / Table 1, Tables 1 and 2), etc. Tables should have borders with the captions right before the table. Figures should be properly located in the text as an editable image file (.jpg) with captions on the lower cell. All of the original figures and tables are required to be placed at the suitable location in the text. It should be avoided whenever possible that a figure or table occupies both columns, in particular, it should not be stretched from one end to another.

Units and mathematical expressions: It is desirable that units of measurements and abbreviations should follow The International System of Units (SI) except where the other unit system is more suitable. The numbers identifying the displayed mathematical expression should be placed in the parentheses and referred to in the text as following examples (e.g., Eq. 1, Eqs. 1 and 2). Mathematical expressions must be inserted as an object (set as Microsoft Equations 3.0) for Microsoft Word 2003 and later versions. Image-copied text or equations are not acceptable unless they are editable. The raised and lowered fonts cannot be used for superscription and subscription.

References: A list of references which reflect the current state of technology in the field locates after conclusions of the paper. For details to prepare the list of references and cite them in the text, authors are advised to follow the introduction and the sample list in the Authors' Guide of the instruction.


4. Review

All the submitted papers that have passed the preliminary check by the editors will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to judge their significance and originality. Those papers positively recommended by at least two expert reviewers will be finally accepted for publication in the Journal of Geotechnical Geology.


5. Proofs

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to correct any typesetting errors. Alterations to the original manuscript will not be accepted at this stage.


6. Copyright

Submission of an article to a Journal of Geotechnical Geology implies that it presents the original and unpublished work, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. On acceptance of the submitted manuscript, it is implied that the copyright thereof is transferred to the publisher. The Agreement of Authorship, Originality, and Copyright Transfer must be signed and submitted.


7. Ethics and Authorship

The Journal of Geotechnical Geology applies research and publication ethics standards based on COPE's International Standards for Editors and Authors ( Violation of publication ethics will result in the activation of COPE flow chart ( Authors are encouraged to check ICMJE's guideline for authorship ( Authorship problems will be dealt with according to COPE flowcharts (


8. Plagiarism Policy

The author(s) must avoid plagiarism of any kind and abide by the principle of intellectual property and joint data ownership in the case of the originality of the manuscript and research carried out in collaboration with a supervisor(s) and/or other researchers. The need to validate new observations by showing that experiments are reproducible should not be interpreted as plagiarism, provided that the data to be confirmed are explicitly quoted. Researchers should ensure, if any aspect of their work is delegated, that the person to whom it is delegated has the competence to carry it out.

Journal of Geotechnical Geology will judge any case of plagiarism on its own metrics. If plagiarism is detected, either by the editors, peer reviewers or editorial staff at any stage before publication of a manuscript, before or after acceptance, during editing or at page proof stage, we will alert the author(s), asking her or him to either rewrite the text or quote the text exactly and to cite the original source. If the plagiarism is extensive, the article may be rejected. If extensive plagiarism is detected after publication of a manuscript, The article will be deleted from the archive, this plagiarism will be announced on journal website and the author(s) name(s) will be put in blacklist.


9. Publication Fee

There is no page charge or article processing fee for submission and publication in this journal.