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  • ISSN 1009-0630

  • e-ISSN 2058-6272

  • CN 34-1187/TL

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Instruction for Authors
Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

Plasma Science and Technology (PST) journal assists in advancing plasma science and technology by reporting important, novel, helpful and thought-provoking progress in this strongly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, in a timely manner. This field encompasses foundational plasma phenomena; low-temperature plasmas; magnetically confined plasmas; inertially confined plasmas; astrophysics and space plasmas; and interdisciplinary science of these; and the engineering and technology development and application from them.  

PST is sponsored jointly by the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.  The journal joined the Science Citation Index in 2003, the Engineering Index in 2006, and became published online by IOP Publishing Ltd. in 2006. 

PST solicits strong manuscripts, as Letters, Research Articles, and Topical Reviews, to be refereed to join a growing number of reports of increasing influence in this field.


All the manuscripts should be prepared in English and submitted to

The text of the article should be prepared in forms of Microsoft Word or LaTex, and the PDF format of the text must be sent. Figures should be prepared as separate files, preferably in EPS or TIFF format. Submission implies that the manuscript has not been published previously, and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please include your email address, phone and fax number on the first page of the manuscript.


Ultimately it is the responsibility of the author to provide a paper of the proper length. Avoid excessive white space in figures; unneeded numbering of displayed equations may add length.


Title: Title should be simple, concise and informative.

Authors’ names and affiliations: A list of all the authors, as well as their corresponding addresses, should be provided. Each address should be preceded by a numerical superscript corresponding to the same superscript after the name of the author concerned. Addresses should contain all information necessary for effective mail delivery.

Abstract: An abstract must accompany each article. It should be a concise summary of the results, conclusions and/or other significant items in the paper. Together with the title, it must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing. Any displayed mathematical expressions are avoided. All the nonstandard symbols and abbreviations should be defined. The footnote indicators cannot be used. A reference, if necessary, should be included in square brackets. The results, the conclusions, and/or other significant items should be summarized in the paper.

Main body of the paper: Manuscripts must be typed, doubled spaced with margins and indented paragraphs. Each manuscript must be complete with figures, tables, references, subtitles, etc.

Mathematical material: All mathematical equations should be carefully written and checked so that a compositor can follow the copy easily. Greek letters, upper- and lower-case letters, superscripts, subscripts, vectors, tensors and matrices should be identified in the margin. Equation numbers should be Arabic numbers enclosed in parentheses in the right-hand margin. All the quantities in both the equations and/or the formula should be illustrated upon its first appearance in the manuscript.

Italic type should be avoided for the following:  –Units of measurement (e.g., km, g, K, cm–2, S–2). –Mathematical signs such as sin, cos, log, exp, etc. –Chemical formulas.

References: Citations in the text to references shall be numeric strictly in order of their first appearance. Journal articles citation of a journal article should include the names of all the authors (or, optionally, the first author followed by “et al” if there are four or more), the year of publication, the abbreviation of the journal name, the volume number, and the initial page number.

Figure and table captions: Each caption should be written as a single brief paragraph without indentation. Figures and tables should be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals.

Tables and figures: Each table must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and must have a complete title. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit figures in a high-resolution electronic format. Preferred formats include: TIFF; EPS or PDF. Good quality figures have the following characteristics. They should have lines, letters, numbers and symbols of uniform strength and contrast. Figures (except photographs) should be reduced to 6×6 cm2. The final thickness of a line in a figure usually lies within the range of 0.15–0.20 mm. When preparing the figures, authors should pay attention to the widths of lines and similar details, as some (e.g. dotted or thin lines) may disappear after reduction. Particular attention should be paid to line strengths in graphics prepared in vector formats.

Acceptance: If an article is accepted for publication in the journal, the author(s) will be informed. All articles in Plasma Science and Technology are published by using LaTeX typesetting code. To make the data more shareable and improve the influence of the articles, the journal encourages authors to submit the related data to ScienceDB ( once the articles are accepted. Related work of data submission can be found at:

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