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Please click on the word “Submit Manuscript” in the navigation bar at the homepage and enter “Author Account Log In” page. Read the information about how to register for an account.  Upon successful registration, you will be sent an e-mail to verify your registration. And then you may login to the system as Author to submit your manuscript and track its progress. Also you may login to the system as Reviewer to view and/or download manuscripts assigned to you for review or submit your comments to the editor. In addition, you may unload Template, Copyright Transfer Agreement.

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Manuscript preparation

All manuscripts should be written in WORD format.

Article length

Full length article: Research articles should be full-length studies that present important breakthroughs. Articles can be short or long format, up to 11,000 words, with up to 19 figures and 11 tables, and 70 references. Other materials could be included in Appendix.

Review: Review articles should describe and synthesize recent significant developments in a single field, or across multidisciplinary fields, and highlight future directions. Reviews are limited to 15,000 words, up to 30 figures and 7 tables, and no more than 150 references (more may be permitted upon request). Other materials could be included in Appendix.

Title: The title of the paper should be concise but informative.

Author name(s) and affiliations: A list of all authors, as well as corresponding addresses, should be provided on the title page. The information of the first author and corresponding author (if any), including gender, birthday, degree, professional title, research direction and e-mail, should be given in the footer of the title page.

Abstract: The number of words is suggested to be between 200 and 300. It should be informative, including research objectives, methods, results and conclusions. Together with the title, the abstract must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing. That is say, an abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

KeywordsAuthors should submit no more than 8 keywords associated with their article.

Formatting of funding sources: List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements. The number of funds listed should preferably not exceed 5.

This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China(grant numbers xxxx, yyyy), the Open Fund of Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention of Hilly Mountains, Ministry of Natural Resources (grant number zzzz), and the National Key Research and Development Program (grant number aaaa).It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards.

Formulas: Formulas should be punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered consecutively in round brackets on the right-hand side of the page.

Notation: Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious, including subscript or superscript, must be made comprehensible. Physical and mathematical variables should be in italic, vectors in boldface. Units, abbreviations and special functions should be upright. All variables should have corresponding explanations.

Figures: Figures should be original with high contrast, suitable for immediate reproduction.  Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text. Each figure should have its own caption. For photographs, the original photos must be supplied with good contrast and clearly distinguishable details..

Tables: Tables, numbered in order of appearance, should be appended on separate sheets and identified with appropriate titles. The table title, which should be brief, goes above the table. A detailed description of its contents or table footnotes should be given directly below the body of the table.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements are in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading, etc.).

References: References must be published work, and numbered consecutively in order of their first citation. References should be listed individually at the end of the text and indicated in the text with a superscript number in square brackets. All of the references’ authors, as well as the titles of the referenced articles, should be given. Here are some examples of how to set the most common reference types:

Journals: GOODMAN R E, TAYLOR R L, BREKKE T L. A model for the mechanics of jointed rock[J]. Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1968, 94(SM3): 638?659..

Books: GOODMAN R E. Methods of geological engineering in discontinuous rocks[M]. New York: West Publishing Company, 1976: 472?490..

Conference proceedings: GOODMAN R E. The deformability of joints[C]// Determination of the In-situ Modulus of Deformation of Rock. West Conshohocken: ASTM International, 1970: 174?196.

Patents: A. C. Hart, Jr., R. G. Huff, and K. L. Walker, “Method of making a fiber having low polarization mode dispersion due to a permanent spin”, U.S. patent 5,298,047 (March 29, 1994).

Dissertations: SIMON R. Analysis of fault-slip mechanics in hard rock mining[D]. Montreal: McGill University, 1999: 118?120.

Special note: To spend less time getting familiar with the format of the manuscript, the author can download the template or download the online published articles on the RSM website as a reference.

Peer review, Acceptance, Proofs

About one week after the manuscript is received, a decision will be made by the editorial department to accept the manuscript for further review or reject the manuscript. All the manuscripts that enter review stage will be reviewed(Double blind peer review) by the referees selected by the editorial department. The entire review process may take 15 to 90 days (in a few cases, more than 90 days). Once the review process is completed, the editorial department will inform the author(s) of the decision on the manuscript. When a manuscript is returned for revision prior to final acceptance, the revised manuscript should be submitted within 3-4 weeks. Proofs will be sent to the authors and should be returned preferably within 1-2 weeks to avoid publication delays.

Publication fees

The reviewed manuscripts and accepted manuscripts do not require the authors to pay any fees.

Repository policy for manuscript

All accepted and published manuscripts or rejected manuscripts will be permanently stored on the RSM website. The review process of manuscript  is also documented and stored on the RSM website. These manuscripts can be viewed by authors and editors by logging on to the RSM website.


The author must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement, transferring copyright of the article from the author to the owner of RSM before the paper is published. 

Note: The signed copyright transfer agreement returned to the editorial office should be in PDF format, or a scanned version, or a photograph.

Open  access

All articles published in RSM website will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.

User rights

Permitted third party reuse is defined by the following user license:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND):

Allows users to copy and distribute the Article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way, and provided the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, and that the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work. The full details of the license are available at

Note: If you need to comply with your funding body policy, you can apply for the CC BY license after your manuscript is accepted for publication.

Author rights

For open access publishing, RSM uses an non-exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to the owner of RSM, but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.

Ethics in publishing 

RSM refuses to accept any manuscripts with academic misconducts. We use  iThenticate and AMLC to detect the plagiarism problem.  Once the manuscript is found to have plagiarism problems, regardless of whether the manuscript has been accepted or published online, it will be withdrawn. The authors involved will be recorded and RSM will not accept their submissions for the next 3 years.

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