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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

    Please try to use Grammarly and iThenticate to check the manuscripts for Grammar & Plagiarism before submitting your papers, thanks!

    The submission file is in PDF format. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • A cover letter (in word file or PDF file) is required, which should provide information of 3-5 particularly qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript. This is very important for timely processing of your submission.

Author Guidelines

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


All accepted papers are required to be typeset in SOIC' s Latex template.

Author fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Fast-Track Review: 50.00 (USD)

With the payment of the fast-track fee, the review, editorial decision, and author notification on this submission will be guaranteed within 4 weeks (the normal review time is about 12 weeks). Please note that with pay fast-track review does not guarantee acceptance. The fast-track charge is non-refundable, even if we reject the paper within the time frame specified above. Submit your application to soic@iapress.org.

Article Publication Charge (APC): 300.00 (USD) / 2000.00 (RMB)

To cover publication costs, SOIC charges an APC.  All articles accepted and published in SOIC will be subject to an APC. The authors are requested to pay an APC of 300.00 (USD) / 2000.00 (RMB) per processed paper.  There are no surcharges based on figures or supplementary data. The authors must state that they are willing to pay an article processing charge (APC) in the cover letter.

Authors may submit a waiver or discount request during the submission of their article provide that they have no funding.

Developing Country Waivers or Discounts

Corresponding authors based in the following countries are eligible to receive a 50% discount on APC:  Albania,  Algeria,  Antigua and Barbuda,  Armenia,  Azerbaijan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Libya, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, West Bank and Gaza Strip

Corresponding authors based in the following countries are eligible to receive a 80% discount on APC: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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