Introducing for “Journal of Tropical Oceanography”


 “Journal of Tropical Oceanography” (JTO), started in 1982 and published biomonthly, is a kind of marine academic journal sponsored by South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The articles on it cover all kinds of oceanological studies in tropical oceans, especially in theSouth China Sea, including marine hydrology, marine meteorology and climatology, marine physics, marine chemistry, marine geology and geophysics, marine sedimentology, estuary and coast, marine biology, marine pollution and prevention, marine technology and instruments. Most of the articles adopted in the recent years have come from the research results of Key scientific and research projects of the state, provinces and ministries, such as National Key Projects, Significant Projects of National Natural Science Foundation, National Marine Planning Project (863), Knowledge Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Special Programs (126) and National Significant Planning Project of Basic Research (973), etc.

“JTO” is one of core journals of natural sciences inChinaand the source journal for “Chinese Scientific and Technical Papers and Citations Database” and “Chinese Academic Journal Comprehensive Evaluation Database” as well as “Chinese Digitized Periodical Group of Wanfang Information Base”, and has been integrally collected into “Chinese Academic Journals (optical disc edition)” and “Chinese Journals Net”. It is also one of the source journals for “Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts” of the United States, “Рефративный Журнал” of Russia, “Current Bibliography on Science and Technology” of Japan, and “Zoological Record” of U.K.

“JTO” is now actively expanding communication with foreign colleagues to transmit the newest research results of tropical oceanography inChina. So far, “JTO” has established journal exchange relationships with 125 organizations in 14 countries and regions.

Contributions are required of a concise, focused account of the findings and reliable essential data. They should be well organized and written clearly and simply, avoiding exhaustive tables and figures. Authors are advised to use internationally agreed nomenclature, express all measurements in SI units, and quote all the relevant references.



Authors are recommended to use our online submission services. To submit a manuscript, please visit or, log in “Online Submission” (in Chinese), get an account, and follow the instructions to upload the files. If in any case, access to the Internet is not available, an email ( with the files (in Word format) is requested.



Contribution to a manuscript must be substantive in order to justify authorship. An author is responsible for major aspects of the research that is presented. All other contributors should instead be acknowledged appropriately in the Acknowledgments section. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all authors have made substantive contributions to the research and have seen and approved the manuscript in final form prior to submission.

Since the each issue is designed based on the content of contributions, full colour illustrations or photographs are always welcome.

The final decision to accept a contribution for publication will be made by the editorial committee of this journal. If the authors do not receive decision letter after three months, they can submit the contributions for publication elsewhere, except an agreement has been made in advance. Authors are usually informed timely if the contribution is not considered, but their manuscripts will not be returned, except for the photographic material asked to be sent back.


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A completed form assigning copyright to Editorial Department of "Journal of Tropical Oceanography" must be returned to Editorial Department of "Journal of Tropical Oceanography" when the paper is accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the article (in various languages), including reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, microform, electronic form (offline, online) or other reproductions of similar nature. All authors are required to complete a Publishing Agreement. All authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the Publishing Agreement, and must sign the Form or agree that the corresponding author can sign on their behalf. Articles cannot be published until a signed Publishing Agreement has been received.



For the paper with a great breakthrough result, quick publication will be arranged. After typesetting, page proof is usually sent electronically as email attachments to the corresponding author. The proof plus any minor corrections must be returned to the managing editor within 48 hours. Failure to do this will result in delays in publication.



Authors will be presented one sample copy and 10 copies of reprints. If more reprints and more sample copies are required, please contact the managing editor and pay the extra fee. The full text opens freely to the readers at



For English manuscripts, the color page charge is ¥500 (RMB)/page and the black/white page charge is ¥180 (RMB)/page.



Contributions are required of a concise, focused account of the findings and reliable essential data. They should be well organized and written clearly and simply, avoiding exhaustive tables and figures. Authors are advised to use internationally agreed nomenclature, express all measurements in SI units, and quote all the relevant references.

Title: Titles must be limited to no more than 20 words, and should be concise, indexable, and informative for a broad scientific audience. Authors should avoid using colons, questions, nonstandard abbreviations, etc. in titles.

Author(s): Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work in the following aspects: experimental design and data analysis; manuscript preparation and correction. The order of the authors listed should be agreed by all the coauthors, and every author should have the responsibility for the published content. Family names are written in upper case, and they appear before given names for all authors. The email address of the corresponding author is required.

Author affiliation: The affiliation should be the institution where the work was done. Include department, institution, and complete address for each author. If there are authors with different affiliations, use superscripts to match authors with institutions. Complete addresses are required with post codes.

Abstract: An abstract is a summary of the content of the manuscript. It should briefly describe the research purpose, method, result and conclusion. The extremely professional terms, special signals, figures, tables, chemical structural formula, and equations should be avoided here, and citation of references is not allowed.

Keywords: A list of three to eight keywords should follow the abstract. The chosen keywords are required to reflect the theme of a manuscript.

Financial support: Financial support appears on the right bottom of the title page, with grant number(s) following. The full title of each fund is required.

Text: A paper should begin with a brief introduction of the significance of the author’s research. Nomenclature, signal and abbreviation should be defined at their initial appearance. All the figures and tables should be numbered in numerical order.

Introduction: Being the most important part of an article, the introduction introduces the relevant research background and the progress in 2 or 3 years, with references cited in numerical order, then presents the problem to be solved in this article, and finally briefly describes the method adopted in this work. Before the end, the aim of the research should be mentioned. Subtitle is forbidden in this part, and introduction of the article structure is considered unnecessary.

Materials and method: This part introduces the materials, method and experimental procedure of the author’s work, so as to allow others to repeat the work published based on this clear description.

 Discussion and conclusions: Conclusions should be derived from the observation and experimental results, and comparison with other relevant results is considered helpful to further proving the results. Repeated data should be avoided, and conclusions and suggestions are required to be clearly expressed. New hypothese and recommendations may be proposed when warranted.

Figures and tables: Figures and tables should be numerically numbered, inserted in the text, and cited in order within the text. The figures should have resolution not lower than 600 dpi and clear lines, with signals and letters in Times New Roman at 8 pt. A space should always be maintained between the variable and the unit.

 Equations: An equation is numerically numbered (Arabic numeral), and has the number put on its right side.

Acknowledgements: The author expresses his/her thanks to the people helping with this work, and acknowledges the valuable suggestions from the peer reviewers.

References: Reference citation is regarded as an important indicator of the paper quality. If the relevant references, especially the results published in 2 to 3 years are not cited in the paper, or most citations are from the author’s publications, the editor will consider this paper unattractive. References should be numerically numbered and cited in order within the text, with the numbers expressed in square brackets. The author should carefully check the author names, article title, journal title, year, volume and issue number of references, and create the listing according to the format of JTO.

Reference format:

1. For an author’s name, full spelling of family name appears before abbreviation of given name, with a spacing in the middle.

2. If there are more than 3 authors, the first 3 names are followed by et al.

3. The article title should be identified by an initial capital letter with the remainder of the title in lowercase.

4. Do not forget to list the editor names of the proceedings, the publisher, the publishing address, and the beginning and terminating pages.

5. Unpublished materials or the papers to appear but without volume and issue numbers cannot be cited as references, except for the one with DOI.

6. Websites or homepages cannot be cited as references.

Reference examples are given as follows:

Journal articles

ASPILA K IAGEMIAN HCHAU A S Y. 1976. A semi-automatic method for the determination of inorganicorganic and total phosphate in sediments[J]. Analyst101:187197.

SMART M MRADA R GDONNERMEYER G N. 1983. Determination of total nitrogen in sediments and plants using persulfate digestion [J]. Water Research17(9):12071211.


ALLEN P A ,ALLENJR.1990.Basinanalysis principles and application[M]. London: Blackwell Scientific Press, 1990: 5-10.

Chapter in a book

ANDERSON R S. 1974. Statistical correlation of physical properties and sound velocity in sediments [M]// HAMPTON L. Physics of Sound in Marine Sediments.New York: Plenum Press: 481-518.

Online Publication:

 JELINIC P, STEHLE JC, SHAW P. 2006. The testis-specific factor CTCFL cooperates with the protein ethyltransferase PRMT7 in H19 imprinting control region methylation[J/OL]. PLoS Biol, 4: e355. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040355.

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