Guide for Authors

At present, the Quarterly Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering does not receive any fee for processing articles, including registration, reviewing, editing, publishing, etc.

All contributions to be considered for publication should be uploaded in the JSEE website after registration. Authors should make every effort to conform to the guidelines given below for the preparation of their manuscripts:

1. Types of contributions include research papers, research notes, technical notes, review paper, propagative-scientific papers.

2. The manuscript main file should be in MS Word format, in single-spaced typing, with all the Figures and Tables at the end of the paper or exactly where they are referred in the manuscript.

3. It is recommended that the supplementary files including figures, tables, charts, etc. be also uploaded separately in the submission process. The quality of figures should not be lower than 600 dpi.

4. Generally, the size of the manuscript should be between 3500 to 7500 words.

5. The title of the paper should not exceed 15 words.

6. Each paper should be provided with an abstract of about 200 words, reporting concisely on the purpose and results of the paper.

7. The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data. If in certain instances, it is necessary to quote other units, they should be added in parentheses.

8. Tables, references and legends to illustrations should be placed separately at the end of the paper.

9. Mathematical expressions and equations should be clear. Particular care should be used in identifying unusual symbols or notations and to upper or lower case letters. Awkward mathematical notations and nonstandard symbols should be avoided.

10. A nomenclature could also be added at the end of the paper regarding the names and the symbols used in equations and the paper.

11. Please proofread your paper carefully before submitting it. If necessary, ask a colleague whose first language is English for help in preparing the paper. Well-written manuscripts generally spend less time in the review process.

12. The copyright form will be emailed to you during the submission process. You will need to upload the signed form as part of the submission process.

13. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide authors information. Please provide specific information about their names, academic rank, affiliation and emails. Besides, it is recommended to include the names of potential reviewers during the submission process.

14. Avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of copying or borrowing the ideas, processes, results, or words of another person without giving appropriate credit. Paraphrasing or rewording another person's work, without acknowledging its source, is also plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism, it is important to correctly acknowledge all sources used to obtain information by indicating the original author(s) as well as the specific location of the facts, arguments and quotations as you prepare your essay.

Three ways of incorporating other's work into your writing include:

  • A quotation is the words of another writer reproduced exactly in terms of wording, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and paragraphing.
  • A paraphrase is your version of essential ideas and information expressed by someone else.
  • A summary is less detailed than a paraphrase, and significantly shorter than the original, rephrasing just the main points.

 When to quote?

 When the wording of the original is memorable or vivid and you can't re-write it to sound any better.

  • When the exact words of an authority would lend support to your own ideas.
  • When you want to draw attention to the author's opinion, especially if that opinion differs greatly from other experts' opinions.

 When to paraphrase or summarize?

 When the ideas are more important than the author's authority or style.

  • When the original language isn't particularly memorable, but the ideas are.
  • When the original language is too difficult to understand (for instance, when the particular jargon or complexity of the original work is so difficult to understand that you need to paraphrase it so that the meaning is immediately clear).

15. References should be prepared according to APA citation style (that is, in the text, the name of the author and the year of publication, and in the references at the end of the article in alphabetical order of the first author's last name), the details of which are given below. To facilitate the preparation of references, you can also use Scribbr APA Citation Generator at


Author's surname, Initials (Ed.) (Year). Title: subtitle. Volume number. Edition. Publisher, Place of publication (city or town). 

Note: If the book is edited, place Ed.(s) in round brackets ( ). after the initials of the editor(s).


Clough, R.W., & Penzien, J. (1975). Dynamics of Structures. Tokyo: Mc Graw-Hill Kogakusha.


Book Chapters:

Author's surname, Initials (Year). 'Chapter title.' In: Book title, Authors' surname, Initials. (Ed.) Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers x-y.

Note:  If the book is edited, place Ed.(s) in round brackets ( ). after the initials of the editor(s).


Thomas, C.J.R. (1993) 'The polymerase chain reaction'. In: Methods in Plant Biochemistry, Vol. 10: Molecular Biology. Bryant, J. (Ed.) Academic Press, London, pages 117-140.


Journal Articles:

Author's surname, Initials (Year). Title of the paper. Journal title, Volume number(issue number), Page numbers x-y.


Fukugawa, N. (2022). Effects of the quality of science on the initial public offering of university spinoffs: evidence from Japan. Scientometrics, 127(8), 4439-4455.

Haunschild, R. & Bornmann, L. (2022). Relevance of document types in the scores’ calculation of a specific field-normalized indicator: Are the scores strongly dependent on or nearly independent of the document type handling?. Scientometrics, 127(8), 4419-4438.

Vakkari, P., Chang, Y. W., & Järvelin, K. (2022). Largest contribution to LIS by external disciplines as measured by the characteristics of research articles. Scientometrics, 127(8), 4499-4522.