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Contributing to The Innovation

The Innovation, a transdisciplinary journal and designated to promote scientific application by publishing the cutting-edge research and high-quality review in physics and chemistry, materials & nanotechnology, life science & translational medicine, geoscience and engineering, which rigorously follows the same peer review and publishing standards of Science.
Unique Features

1. Open access & fair peer review (blacklist of unfair peers).
2. Short article processing time (regular <3 weeks, fast track < 1 week).
3. We value scientific contribution and pay peer-reviewers & leading author, if accepted.
4. Central Academy of Fine Arts is involved to improve the quality of figures and charts.
5. Social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/WeChat) are used to spread your papers. 

Publication-Specific Information

All accepted papers will be open access and published online.

Contributors to The Innovation should review our policies prior to submission. By submitting to us, authors implicitly agree to a number of editorial and publishing policies that are central to our mission.  These policies cover topics such as licensing, conflict of interest, authorship, prepublication confidentiality, availability of data and materials, and research integrity.

For specific information on these policies and the mission/scope of the journal as well as instructions for preparing and submitting manuscripts to and/or reviewing for our publications, please follow the specification below:

Categories of manuscripts

Peer-Reviewed Research Manuscripts

Research Articles (up to ~4500 words, including references, notes and captions¨Ccorresponds to ~5 printed pages in the journal) are expected to present a major advance. Research Articles include an abstract, an introduction, up to six figures or tables, sections with brief subheadings, and about 40 references. Materials and Methods should be included in supplementary materials, which should also include information needed to support the paper's conclusions.

Reports (up to ~2500 words including references, notes and captions¨Ccorresponds to ~3 printed pages in the journal) present important new research results of broad significance. Reports should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, up to four figures or tables, and about 30 references. Materials and Methods should be included in supplementary materials, which should also include information needed to support the paper's conclusions.

In Research Articles and Reports Science requires the Materials and Methods section to provide sufficient detail to allow replication of the study. In addition, for papers in the life sciences that involve a method that would benefit from the publication of a step-by-step protocol, we encourage authors to consider submitting a detailed protocol to our collaborative partner Bio-protocol.

Reviews Reviews can be up to 6000 words and include up to 100 references, and 3-8 figures or tables. Reviews do not contain supplementary material. They should describe and synthesize recent developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions. They include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main themes, brief subheadings, and an outline of important unresolved questions. Unsolicited offers of Reviews are considered. Proposals in the form of an enhanced abstract, one figure, and a list of 5-10 of the most important recent citations should be emailed to the editorial office.


The Innovation'sInsights section presents analysis by scientists and other experts on issues of interest toThe Innovation¡¯sreaders. Most items in this section are commissioned by the editors, but unsolicited contributions are welcome. Perspectives and Policy Forums should include an abstract. Commentary material may be peer reviewed at the Editors' discretion.

¡¤Perspectives (up to 1000 words plus 1 figure) highlight recent exciting research, but do not primarily discuss the author's own work. They may provide context for the findings within a field or explain potential interdisciplinary importance. Perspectives that comment on papers in The Innovationshould add a dimension to the research and not merely be a summary of the experiments described in the paper. Although many Perspectives that comment on research published in The Innovation are solicited, we welcome inquiries regarding new advances and fresh insights. As these are meant to express a personal viewpoint, with rare exceptions, Perspectives should have no more than two authors.

¡¤Letters (up to 300 words) discuss material published in The Innovation in the last 3 months or issues of general interest. Letters should be submitted through our Manuscript Submission. Letters may be reviewed. The author of a paper in question is usually given an opportunity to reply. Letter submissions are acknowledged upon receipt by The Innovation¡¯s automatic system, but letter writers are not always consulted before publication. Letters are subject to editing for clarity and space.

¡¤Submitting your manuscript
Authors and reviewers must have an account to sign into our manuscript submission and information portal. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one, but then can use this account for any future submissions to The Innovation. At the manuscript submission and information portal, you will first accept terms regarding submission of a manuscript to The Innovation.
The main submission form is a series of tabbed windows, which you can move among by clicking the tabs at the top of the form. (The form may be filled out in any order.) You will move between the following tabs.

1.Authors: Names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for all authors, including designation of at least one as corresponding author. An ORCID ID is required for first and corresponding authors and is strongly encouraged for all authors.

2.Manuscript Information:
¡¤The Article type you are submitting (see a description of manuscript types.)
¡¤The title of your manuscript (96 character maximum for Research Articles and Reports)
¡¤Short title (40 character maximum)
¡¤A cover letter which should include:
¡¤Reference to any pre-submission discussions with editors.
¡¤The title of the paper and a statement of its main point.
¡¤Any information needed to ensure a fair review process, including related manuscripts submitted to other journals.
¡¤Names of colleagues who have reviewed the paper.
¡¤A statement that none of the material has been published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.
¡¤For investigations on humans, a statement indicating that informed consent was obtained after the nature and possible consequences of the studies were explained.
¡¤For authors using laboratory animals, a statement that the animals' care was in accordance with institutional guidelines.
¡¤Specification of where all data underlying the study are available, or will be deposited, and whether there are any restrictions on data availability.
¡¤Information on any reference material or additional data files uploaded to the Auxiliary files section.
¡¤Please also upload a .docx version of your cover letter.
¡¤You will have the opportunity to request a specific editor, but this is not required and editor assignment also depends on availability, relative loads and other factors.
¡¤We require you to list all funding sources.

3.Reviewers: Names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of up to five potential reviewers and up to five excluded reviewers.

4.Upload Documents: Upload a cover letter, a combined PDF (manuscript including figures, tables, and Supplementary Material) to be used during the evaluation process, the manuscript in Word .docx format, and any auxiliary files. Please follow our instructions for Preparing an Initial Manuscript. LaTeX users should use our LaTeX template and at the initial stage should either convert files to Microsoft Word .docx or submit a PDF file [see our LaTeX instructions here]. Supplementary Material may also be submitted as a single separate file in .docx or PDF format. The manuscript file and the Supplementary Material file each have a 25MB size limit. Supplementary multimedia or large data files that cannot be included in the Supplementary Material file should be uploaded as Auxiliary Supplementary Materials or Movies. There is a 25 MB combined size limit on auxiliary or movie files and a limit of 10 auxiliary or movie files. Video clips should be in .mp4 format. Quicktime (.mov) files are acceptable provided the compression setting is used. Animated GIFs are not accepted. For audio files, WAV AIFF, AU or .m4a are preferred. MP3 or AAC files are acceptable but a bit rate of at least 160kb/s must be used. Authors should submit video and audio with clearly identifiable accompanying captions and credit information. Other items that are required at submission and should be uploaded to the Auxiliary files section are:

¡¤Any papers by any subset of the authors that are related to the manuscript and are under consideration or in press at other journals. This applies throughout the evaluation process at The Innovation. If a related paper is submitted elsewhere while the The Innovation paper is under consideration, please contact your editor.
¡¤Data files required for review of your manuscript.
¡¤Written permission from any author who is not an author of your manuscript but whose work is cited as in press. Permission must allow distribution of in press manuscripts or relevant data to reviewers. A copy of an email is sufficient. We do not allow citation to in press manuscripts at publication ¨C these would need to be replaced by the published reference.
.Please note in your cover letter if reference material or extra data files are included, and your editor will facilitate review as necessary.

5.Validate: Confirm and complete the submission (we will not consider a submission complete until it is confirmed).

Check that the status of the manuscript is received on your home page. You can return to the site to track the status of the manuscript.


Most papers are published online 1to 3weeks after acceptance. In addition, The Innovationselects papers for earlier online publication in First Release, using the accepted version of the paper with minimal copyediting. The official publication date of these papers is the date of First Release publication. Requests for accelerated online publication should be explained to the editors in the cover letter.


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