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Aims and Scope

  • Provide a platform for scientists and engineers in a wide range of topics on marine science and engineering.
  • Publishes high level peer-reviewed papers.
  • No page limit and no publication fees.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Naval architecture
  • Ocean engineering
  • Underwater technology
  • Ship resistance and propulsion
  • Ocean acoustics
  • Marine environmental engineering
  • Automatic navigation
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Polar and arctic engineering
  • Marine corrosion and protection
  • Marine science
  • Experimental technology of above
  • Engineering application of above

Editorial Policy


All the named authors have agreed with the submission, and each author must have contributed sufficiently to the paper. It is not under consideration for publication by any other journals. This work has not been published previously (besides the form of an abstract and some part of a published lecture). If the paper is accepted, it will not subsequently be published elsewhere in any other language without the written consent of publisher.

After submission, any changes to the author list, such as a rearrangement of the order of the authors, or the removal or addition of authors, must be approved by a signed letter from every author. The corresponding author must confirm the reason of the changes. And requests that are sent to the Journal Manager by the corresponding author must be forwarded to the each author.

Ethical responsibilities of authors
For information on ethics in publishing, please see http://www.springer.com/gp/authors-editors/journal-author/journal-author-helpdesk/before-you-start/before-you-start/1330

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work.

Awareness of a real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy work is inappropriate.

Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:
Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number)
Honoraria for speaking at symposia
Financial support for attending symposia
Financial support for educational programs
Employment or consultation
Support from a project sponsor
Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
Multiple affiliations
Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest
Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work

In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research.

The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors.

Examples of disclosures
The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).

Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z. If no conflict exists, the authors should state: Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

In general, plagiarism can occur in two situations as follow:
(1) Using ideas and more than 7 consecutive words taken verbatim from the text of another publication without citation.
(2) Copying phrases or sentences of another person without putting quotation marks.

JMSA uses CrossChek to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Results may be used as a criterion for the analysis of the manuscript may eventually result in a rejection due to plagiarism, duplicate and/or redundant publication. If plagiarism is found, the journal will contact the author and, in some cases, the affiliations of authors.

CrossChek is a multi-publisher plagiarism detection initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. You can know more information about CrossCheck by visiting www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html

Peer review policy
Journal of Marine Science and Application adopts a rigorous peer-review procedure. Firstly, CrossCheck ( www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html ) will be used for each manuscript to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism and protect the original authors’ copyrights, typically within 3 working days. Then, all contributions will be sent at least two independent reviewers immediately after the first check. The editors will try their best to make final decisions on these papers within 6 weeks of the submission data. The identity of reviewers is confidential and manuscripts are considered private information. Authors are encouraged to suggest or recommend for exclusion reviewers when submit. Accepted papers will be normally published in half of a year.

When the paper is accepted for publication, all author(s) should sign the Copyright Transfer Statement. It will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive right and license to reproduce, publish, distribute and archive the article in all forms and media of expression now known or developed in the future, including reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, microform, electronic form (offline, online) or any other reproductions of similar nature. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Please download the Copyright Transfer Statement[PDF] .

Digital preservation policy

Springer Online Journal Archives
Springer has created a comprehensive body of scientific, medical and technical research documentation accessible to scientists, researchers and other professionals. They offer a total of 1.8 million archive records comprising approximately 800 journals formerly published by Kluwer, as well as, all content from Volume I, Issue 1, where available, from both the former Springer-Verlag and Kluwer.

Springer Science+Business Media, publisher of one of the world’s most comprehensive online collections of scientific, technological and medical journals, books and reference works, announces a partnership with the community-governed archive cooperative CLOCKSS to preserve Springer content in the CLOCKSS global archive. Springer publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook collection worldwide. Springer is a founding member of CLOCKSS. The CLOCKSS archive allows research libraries and scholarly publishers, who launched CLOCKSS as a pilot program, to preserve and store its electronic content. Once ingested, the econtent is kept safe and secure in a dark archive until it is triggered and the CLOCKSS Board determines that the content should be copied from the archive and made freely available to all, regardless of prior subscription.

Local Archive
We use a local facility to store a complete, accurate digital version of papers. The current format standards are .doc and .pdf; with most files being retained in both formats. We ensure that all the volumes published remain available through the digital archive.

Format of Papers


Title Page
The title page includes a concise and informative title; the full names of all authors including their given names; the affiliation addresses (including city, post code and country) of all authors; and the contact details of the corresponding author (including telephone number, and email address). Ensure that the e-mail address of the corresponding author is kept up to date.
   The title should be suitable, concise and informative. The title should show the main idea and thesis, and be easy for information-retrieval. Avoid abbreviations and formulae. 
   The abstract can clearly describe the major findings reported in the manuscript. The abstract should state the purpose of the research, main method, the principal results and major conclusions. Use the same key words and phrases in the Title and Abstract, to increase the chances of being found by search engines. Organize messages logically and clearly, and make points flow and text readable to encourage the reader to read it through. References and non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided. 
   Provide 4 to 8 keywords, and avoid and, of, etc. These keywords reflect the specificity of the paper, and will be used for index.


   State the purpose of the study and provide a background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. The Introduction should not contain either results or conclusions.  
   Materials and Method
   Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be referenced without detailed description.
   The Results should be concise and true. Presentation of the same data in different forms should be avoided. 
   This should explore the significance of the results of the work. Avoid repeated information that already existed in the Introduction and Results sections.
   The Conclusion is the final summary of the study. The main conclusions can be listed.
   The contribution of colleagues or institutions can be acknowledged. The names of funding organizations should be written in full, but thanks to reviewers should not be included.

    Citation in text
    In the text, references should be cited using the basic form of the author-date consists of the  last (family) name of authors, and the year of publication of the work. 
Examples of text citations:
One author: (Vandermeer, 1990)
Two authors: (Sun and Wang, 2000; Cao and Xu, 2001)
Three or more authors: (Moons et al., 1997; Schlag et al., 2000a; 2000b)

    References list
    The references should be listed in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames. The number of references should be at least 25. References list should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published. Please use the full names of journals, books and conferences. For a reference published other than in English, the language used should be noted at the end of the reference, e.g., (in Chinese).
     Miller TC, Tobin RL, Freisz TL, 1991. Stackelberg games on a network with Cournot–Nash oligopolistic competitors. Journal of Regional Science , 31 (4), 435-454. (Journals) DOI: xxx
     Hino T, Martinelli L, Jameson A, 1993. A finite-volume method with unstructured grid for free surface flow simulations. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Numerical Ship Hydrodynamics , Iowa City, USA, 173-193. (Proceedings)
     Harker PT, 1987. Predicting intercity freight flows . VNU Science Press, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 20-25. (Whole books)  
     Prigogine I, 1976. Order through fluctuation: self-organization and social system. In: Jantsch E, Waddington C (Eds.). Evolution and Consciousness: Human Systems in Transition . Addison-Wesley, London, 93-134. (Monographs or chapters in edited books)
     Cone CD, 1963. The aerodynamic design of wings with cambered span having minimum induced drag . Langley Research Center, Virginia, United States, NASA Technical Report No. TR R-152. (Reports)  
     Hsin C, 1990. Development and analysis of panel methods for propellers in unsteady flow . PhD thesis, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, Cambridge, 15-20. (Thesis)
     Carter RW, Eretkin RC, 2011. Induced surface flow wave energy converter. U.S. Pataent 8084873 B2.
(A patent)
     ISO, 1982. ISO 4948-1:1982. Steels classification-Part 1: Classification of steels into unalloyed and alloy steels based on chemical composition. International Organization for Standardization, Geneva.
(A standard)
     University of Sheffield Library, 2001. Citing electronic sources of information. University of Sheffield. Available from http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libdocs/hsl-dvc1.pdf [Accessed on Feb. 23, 2007]. (A website)

Figures must be numbered by Arabic numerals, and be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. A caption giving the figure number and a brief description must be included. The caption should be understandable without reference to the text. Color figures are encouraged where they will enhance the presentation of the data, and they are free. No punctuation is placed at the end of the caption. If a figure has been published before, the authors must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and electronic formats and submit it with the manuscript. Figures should be cited in the text using the following format: Fig. 1, Fig. 1(a), Figs. 1 and 2, Figs. 1–3, or Figs. 1(a)–1(c).

Format At the revision stage, authors who have created their files using a drawing or painting program such as Visio, Origin, Excel, AutoCAD, Coreldraw, ANSYS, Matlab should provide the original files that can be edited. Authors who have created their files using a drawing or painting program should export the files to TIFF format. The figure’s magnification should be expressed by scale bars.
Resolution Adequate figure resolution is essential to a high-quality print and online rendering of your manuscript. Raster line art should carry an absolute minimum resolution of 700 dots per inch (dpi).
Line width The line width should generally be 0.5 pt . Please note that the actual line width changes with the scale of the figure.

Please set up Tables as editable text and not as images. Tables should usually contain three horizontal lines, without vertical lines. Each table must have a brief title that describes its contents. The title should be understandable without reference to the text. Details such as explanatory material, specific entries, and definitions of non-standard abbreviations should be put in table footnotes, not in the title. All tables must be mentioned in the text in consecutive order and must be numbered with Arabic numbers as Table 1, Table 2, etc.

Please use the international system of units (SI). If other units are used, please give their equivalent in SI.

Variables and formulae
Variables, regardless of the context (formula, figure or table), should be presented in italics (e.g., x 1 ); if a variable represents a vector or a matrix, it should be in Italics & bold (e.g., x1).

Numerals and operators should never be italicized. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text. For complex formulae, use the software " MathType " and define the sizes as follows:
(1) Full: 9.5 pt;
(2) Subscript/Superscript: 58%;
(3) Sub-subscript/Superscript: 42%.

Submission of Papers


Please click http://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/jmsa to start your submissions .

Register and Login

For New Authors
There will be a Create Account link in the top right corner of the Submission Website , or you can use the New User? Register here just to the right of the Log In. Follow the 3-step process for creating your account. Your User ID or Password cannot contain any spaces and your password must be at least 8 characters in length (the 8 characters must contain two or more numbers). If you want more details, please see the Author Guide .

For Registered Authors
If you already have an account, please do not register again. Simply enter using your previous username and password in the Log In page.

Forgot your password?
If you know you have an account but have forgotten your password, use the Password Help field and select GO. The system will send you an e-mail with your account information or link to reset your password. Please be sure to check your spam folder as our email is sometimes treated as spam.

Submitting a Manuscript
When you log in, you are taken to the Home page. The page may contain information from the journal, such as submission instructions and forms. Please click on the “Author” button.

The Author Dashboard is where you will create and manage your submissions. The left menu lists available options. When you first log on, you will see the option to Start New Submission. Later, you will see additional queues which indicate your manuscript’s progress through the submission process or actions you may need to perform.

To begin the submission process, select Begin Submission (or select from available submission methods.) The steps for submitting a manuscript are found using the Author Guide .

A manuscript ID like JMSA-xxxx-xx-xxxx will be assigned once your submission complete. Please include this ID in any further communication.

First Check by Editors
After submissions completed, you may need to wait for a few days for the editors to check English usage and scopes of the submissions. If a manuscript needs revision, the corresponding author will be notified by email. In such cases, please login the ScholarOne System and modify your submission. Please do not submit it again as a new submission .

Peer Review and Crosscheck Process
Each manuscript will be sent to reviewers immediately after the first check. The peer review process takes about 2 months. Meanwhile, CrossCheck ( http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html ) will also be used as part of the paper reviewing process to protect the original copyrights of authors. If you want the status of your submissions, you may log in to the ScholarOne System to check or send emails to the editorial office at jmsa@hrbeu.edu.cn directly.

Decision, Revision and Re-review
The editors will try their best to make final decisions on all manuscripts within 6 weeks of the submission data. A decision letter will be sent to the email of corresponding authors after peer review. Authors may also log in to the system to check the decision.

To start your revision, you will need to log back into your Author Center and find the Manuscripts with Decisions queue. Selecting this queue will display information on the right, click Create a Revision submit your revised paper. Please do not submit your revised paper again as a new submission . If your time has expired to create a revision and you will need to contact the journal office for an extension. If you have already started a revision, the revision is now located in the “Revised Manuscripts in Draft” queue. Select this queue and click Continue to finish your revised submission. Re-review may take another month to process.

Editing, English Language Polishing and Publishing
The publishing editor will contact you directly. Your accepted papers will be sent for English language polishing, which need your proof again. The manuscripts could be available online in 20 days when they are accepted usually. Paper publishing and printing usually takes 3~5 months.

Open Acess
JMSA offers an open choice to enable authors to publish their articles as Open Access (OA). All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. But an open access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder. The open access publication fee is US$ 3000/€ 2,200 (excl. VAT). For more information on the Open Choice program please refer to the following link: www.springer.com/openchoice . However the authors can choose not to publish your papers as OA without any fee. And the authors need sign the Copyright Transfer Statement[PDF] and send the scanning copy back to the editorial office.