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In order to ensure timely handling of manuscripts, contributors are encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission and to check the manuscript for compliance with these notes before submitting it for publication.

Submission of Manuscripts

Please submit manuscripts as a single complete attachment with a cover e-mail indicating that the article is being submitted for publication in JMEE. E-mail submissions should be sent to:

Chaoqi Zhu
Ocean University of China
No. 238, Songling Road
Laoshan District, Qingdao City
PR China

Please include complete postal addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers for all authors of the article.

The preferred order of presentation is Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References, tables, figure legends, and figures.

Submission of a paper to the Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering implies that it has not been published in or submitted to another journal. It will also be assumed that the author has obtained all necessary permissions for the paper to include items such as quotations, figures, tables, results of government-sponsored research, etc. Upon acceptance, the publisher acquires the copyright for unlimited world-wide distribution including an electronic format.

Guidelines for the Submission of Text

All submissions should be made as Microsoft Word documents. The manuscript and references should be double-spaced, presented in an easily readable, standard font and size (such as 10 or 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial). All pages should be numbered. All manuscripts must be submitted in English; American or British spelling may be used.

Title: The title of the paper should clearly indicate the scope and findings of the paper and should provide an accurate indication of the contents when searched by computerized methods. An abbreviated title of a maximum of 35 characters should be provided as well.

Authors: The names of authors should be given in full (first name, initial(s), last name) followed by his or her department, institution and address including postal code and country. The author to whom correspondence should be directed should be indicated in the cover letter. For the corresponding author, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address should be provided as well.

Abstract: Manuscripts should include an abstract of 150-250 words summarizing the significant findings.

Keywords: Six to twelve keywords or phrases should be supplied to aid in indexing the article.

Text headings: Headings should be set flush left and the text should begin on the next line. For example:

first-level HEADING (bold, all caps.)
second-level Heading (bold, upper case and lower case characters)
third level Heading: (underscore:, upper case and lower case characters)

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively and include a clear descriptive caption at the top. Table footnotes should be given a footnote symbol as explained in the Footnotes section, proceeding by row rather than by column order.

References: References should conform to the specifications set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. References should be cited in the text by author’s last name and publication year (author, year). The full list of references should be collected and typed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. Cite all authors on each paper; “et al.” is not sufficient.

Journal article:
Last name one, first initial., Last name two, first initial. (year). Title of article. Journal Title, volume, pages.

Last name, first initial. (year). Book Title (edition). City: Publisher.

Stand-alone Web document
Last name, first initial. (year). List of authoring systems. Retrieved date, from

Mention of figures and tables within text: When referring to figures, tables and other elements within the text, always call the element by its full name (for example: “See Table 1”, “Figure 1 illustrates…”, “Refer to Scheme 1”). Do not use ambiguous phraseologies (for example: “1 illustrates…”) that do not clearly denote the element being referred to.

Footnotes: Authors are encouraged to minimize the use of footnotes. A footnote may include the designation of a corresponding author of the paper, current address information for an author (if different from that shown in the affiliation), and traditional footnote content. Information concerning grant support of research should appear in a separate Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper, not in a footnote. Acknowledgments of the assistance of colleagues or similar notes of appreciation also properly belong in an Acknowledgments section, not in footnotes.

Footnotes should be indicated in the text by the following symbols: *(asterisk or star), † (dagger), ‡ (double dagger), ¶ (paragraph mark), § (section mark), || (parallels), # (number sign). Do not use numerals for footnote call-outs, as they may be mistaken for bibliographical reference call-outs or exponents. Type each footnote at the bottom of the typescript page on which its text call-out appears. Footnotes within a table should be indicated by the same symbols listed above. Reinitialize symbol sequence within tables. Type footnotes to a table directly beneath the table.

Mathematical Equations: Wherever possible, mathematical equations should be entered in the Microsoft Word document, with unusual or ambiguous symbols identified in the margin where they first occur. Alternatively, equations may be typewritten on a separate page, with their designated positions specified in the text.

Units: Please use S.I. (metric) units. Where useful, inch/pound equivalents may be included in parentheses.

Specifications for the Submission of Figures and Artwork

Figures may be provided as either original high quality hard copies or as separate electronic files.

If supplied as hard copy, photos should be high quality, glossy, original prints of maximum contrast. Line art should be original, camera-ready copy on white paper or clear transparency of a standard for direct reproduction. Film negatives are not acceptable.

Electronic images should be saved as EPS, TIFF, JPEG or BMP files. It is very important that all electronic images be provided as high-resolution files. Photographic images (black & white or color) should be saved at a resolution of 300 dpi minimum. Line art should be saved between 600 and 1200 dpi.

Full captions and photo credits (if necessary) should be provided for each photo and figure. All images should be clearly labeled as to figure number. Top should be indicated if it is not immediately apparent.

Whenever the use of color is an integral part of the research, or where the work is generated in color, the journal will publish the color illustrations as color plates in the back of the issue without charge to the authors. Reprints in color will carry a surcharge. Please write to the Editor for details.

For artwork originally published elsewhere, it is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission to reprint.


The corresponding author will receive proofs of the typeset article via e-mail as a PDF file. Please ensure that an e-mail address at which PDF attachment files may be received is provided.

The corresponding author will receive a PDF file of the finalized article for free use. Additional reprints may be ordered by completing the appropriate form supplied with the proofs.

Page Charges

There are no page charges to individuals or institutions for contributions to the Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering.