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  • Overview

    Supervised by the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Strategic Study of CAE (SSCAE) is an academic journal jointly sponsored by the CAE Center for Strategic Studies and Higher Education Press Co., Ltd. It mainly publishes key achievements in strategic research projects of the engineering field and aims to provide a reference for scientific decision-making by the government and to encourage academic achievements.

    SSCAE is a Chinese journal, published bi-monthly.  All articles published in this journal can be accessed for free on this website. 

    Manuscripts that pass the review of peer experts and the editorial department are initially published on this platform and that of the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), prior to print publication in the journal.

    SSCAE is published in both Chinese and English. However, authors are expected to initially write the manuscripts in Chinese. Once the Chinese version is finalized, the manuscript should then be translated into English and submitted within one month of receiving the finalization notice.

    Manuscript Standard

    The authors of original research papers must describe their research work accurately and provide an objective discussion of the significance of their research work. The data that underpin research conclusions must be as accurate as possible. An article must contain sufficient details and reference data to facilitate the reproduction of research work. Unethical behavior (e.g., fraudulent and deliberately inaccurate statements) is not acceptable.

    When submitting a manuscript, authors are required to complete, sign, and submit the “Letter of Authorization for Publication” and “Confirmation Form for Manuscript” (see templates at the end of this article).

    Rigorous Peer Review

    Each submission will be reviewed by at least two peer experts in related fields. A double-blind peer review system is used to review the submitted manuscripts. The selected peer experts provide review opinions considering aspects such as strategic approach, innovativeness, forward-thinking, scientific rigor, feasibility, and readability. The peer review process takes approximately four weeks.

    Strict Academic Review

    SSCAE implements a strict academic review system and requires a duplicate checking rate lower than 15%. If the article is found to have serious plagiarism, it will be rejected directly.

    All peer-reviewed manuscripts must be further reviewed by the editor-in-chief meeting, prior to acceptance. The editor-in-chief makes the final decision on whether to accept the manuscript based on the viewpoints of the peer experts and editors. The production editor then informs the author of the final decision with detailed reasons.

    Conflict of Interest

    All authors must disclose any existing or potential conflicts of interest associated with them, namely, any financial, personal or relational conflicts of interest with other individuals or organizations within three years subsequent to the submission of their articles. These conflicts of interest may unfavorably affect or be considered to affect publication of their articles.

    Role of Funding Sources

    You need to expressly state who provides financial support for your research work and/or article writing, and briefly describe the role that the sponsors (if available) played in the process of research design, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, report writing, and decision-making of article publishing.

    Authorship Policy

    Only individuals that satisfy the following three criteria are recognized as authors: the named author should have 1) retained or shared the responsibility of research design, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation; 2) drafted the manuscript or provided substantial modifications to its core content; 3) determined or agreed on its final version to be published. Given these criteria, individuals that only provide funding, data, or general guidance to the research team are not recognized as the authors of said research. All individuals recognized as authors should meet the authorship qualification requirements, and all individuals that meet the authorship qualification requirements should be clearly listed as the authors. Each author should thus have fully participated in the research and taken visible responsibility in developing the content.

    Changes in the list of authors include adding, deleting, and rearranging the names of authors of an accepted manuscript. Before an accepted manuscript is published through an online special issue, an application for the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names must be sent by corresponding authors to the person responsible at the journal’s end, and must contain the following contents: (i) reasons for addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names; and (ii) written confirmation concerning the consent of the modification by all authors (by email, fax, or letter). Authors whose names are added or deleted must send written confirmation. An application sent by persons other than corresponding authors must be forwarded to corresponding authors via the person responsible at the journal’s end, after which the corresponding authors must perform the aforementioned steps to mail the application to the journal. Note:

    (i) The responsible person of the journal will forward the application to journal editors; and

    (ii) before a consensus on authorship is reached, the publication of the manuscript will be suspended.

    After an accepted manuscript is published in an online special issue, an application for the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names should be governed by the aforementioned policy, and the modifications should be displayed separately in a corrigendum.

    Letter of Authorization for Publication.pdf

    Confirmation Form for Manuscript.pdf 

  • Author's Responsibilities

    1. Authors should ensure that the submitted manuscript has not been previously published in any other journal. Multiple submission or repeated publication of any given manuscript are prohibited.

    2. Authors should ensure that all individuals listed as the author of a manuscript have made significant contributions to the said research. Authorship should be granted according to level of contribution. The listed authors should have no objections to the order of the names. If disputes arise regarding authorship, all listed authors are obliged to propose a cancellation or correction.

    3. Authors should respect the intellectual property rights of other individuals and organizations and use appropriate citations and quotations to indicate others’ viewpoints and research results.

    4. Authors should ensure that the submitted manuscript  are the results of independent research and does not contain academic misconduct, such as plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification.

    5. All authors are obliged to correct errors in their published works or to request a withdrawal.

    6. Authors should ensure that their research complies with standards for relevant research ethics, and all authors should disclose any existing or potential conflicts of interest.

    7. Authors must comply with relevant national confidentiality regulations. The manuscript should not include any information that violates such regulations.

    8. Authors should provide information on the source of funding and briefly introduce the role of the funder in the process of research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, manuscript writing, and publication decision.

    Reviewer’s Responsibilities

    1. Reviewers are expected to provide objective, independent, and pertinent written reviews. Reviewers should not tolerate academic misconduct of any kind. Offensive language should be avoided in the review comments and feedback.

    2. Reviewers are expected to review the manuscripts in a timely manner. If a reviewer foresees any delay in completing the task, he/she should judiciously notify the corresponding editor so that the editor can submit the manuscript to another reviewer.

    3. There should be no conflict of interest between the reviewer(s) and author(s). Should there be a conflict of interest, the corresponding reviewers should withdraw themselves from the review process.

    4. Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of the manuscripts on which they are assigned, avoiding communicating relevant information with anyone or using the content of such unpublished manuscripts without authorization from corresponding parties.

    5. Reviewers must not use any confidential information or their reviewer’s rights for their own benefit.

    6. Reviewers should inform the journal editor of any absent citations.

    7. Reviewers should immediately inform the journal editor of any conflicts of interest, multiple submissions, or suspicious academic misconduct.

    8. Reviewers are not permitted to request others to review the manuscripts on their behalf.

    Editor’s Responsibilities

    1. Editors should follow academic and ethical standards and the principles of the journal. They must not encourage or deliberately allow academic misconduct under any circumstances. Allegations of academic misconduct should be appropriately handled.

    2. Editors should fairly treat each manuscript, and punctually register the submission and submit the manuscripts for review. Manuscripts that contain academic misconduct can be immediately and directly rejected.

    3. When there is a conflict of interest between the editor(s) and author(s), the corresponding editor(s) should withdraw themselves from the editorial process. In addition, the manuscripts should be submitted to peer experts that do not have a conflict of interest with the author(s) during the peer review process.

    4. During the double-blind peer review stage, editors are required to keep the information of the authors and reviewers confidential. Editors have the obligation to ensure the manuscript remains confidential prior to publication, and shall not disclose, publicize, or use the content of the manuscript without authorization of the corresponding parties.

    5. Editors shall not influence the review stage of the manuscripts, deny reviewers’ comments without proper reason, distort reviewers’ comments, or modify the manuscript to deliberately distort the authors’ original intentions.

    6. Editors must not use the confidential information in the journal’s layout, editing procedures, or editing rights for their own gain.

    7. Selection of manuscripts for major topics should go through the appropriate corresponding application procedures.

    8. Editors should truthfully publish information related to awards received by research and the inclusion of academic research databases.

    9. Editors are not permitted to add self-citations that are unrelated to the content of the manuscript, or to require or imply that the authors are to cite unnecessary works.

    10. Editors must not negotiate or mutually cite other journals for the purpose of increasing the influence of the journal.

    Retraction Rules

    To ensure the scientific credibility of the journal, a published manuscript will be retracted for the following reasons: there is clear evidence that the research findings are unreliable, regardless of the degree to which academic misconduct (such as falsification) or unintentional mistakes (such as calculation errors or experimental errors) are present; the manuscript has been published in other locations without appropriate citations, consent, or explanation (applicable for replication study); it contains plagiarism; or the research is deemed to be unethical. The journal shall publish a statement of retraction of the corresponding manuscript in a prominent position on the platform and list any reasons for the retraction once found. If the retracted manuscript has been included in an academic research database, the retraction decision will be submitted to the relevant databases.

    Document Preservation

    The digital version of the manuscripts published in this journal are locally backed up by the press office. The backup facility is maintained by dedicated personnel. The online platform is connected to the Alibaba Cloud storage service to ensure the safe storage and smooth operation of data. In addition, all manuscripts published by this journal are simultaneously submitted to the CNKI for safe backup. In the case that the journal ceases to publish new content, the competent authority of the journal will maintain a digital version of all published manuscripts.

    All articles published on this journal are archived at the National Social Sciences Database:

  • General Guidelines

    1. The journal publishes key achievements in strategic research of the engineering field. The manuscript should be highly strategic, problem-solving, prospective, and readable with significant reference to scientific decision-making by the government or relevant departments, and to strategic research in its field. The manuscript should also conform to national laws and regulations on confidentiality.

    2. The manuscript should be academic, normative, and rigorous with a specific topic, strong focus, and clear structure, and be supported by detailed data and resources such as quantitative and semi-quantitative analyses.

    3. The manuscript should use concise language, reliable data, standard tables, and a clear structure. Please use plain language, avoid complicated expressions and unfamiliar terms, and ensure the accuracy and consistency of terminology.

    4. This journal is an open access journal and is published in both Chinese and English. The English version must be submitted within one month after the manuscript has been finalized.

    5. The submission will be subject to rigorous peer review and is usually assigned to at least two experts for peer review,double blind peer review.

    6. The author is responsible for the manuscript and strictly abides by academic ethics. Please refer to the manuscript specifications of this journal for writing guidance.

    7. The journal reserves publishing rights, including publishing via both traditional media and electronic channels. The editorial department has the right to review, revise, and edit the manuscript. If the author wishes to retain certain rights, please make a declaration in advance.

    8. SSCAE implements a strict academic review system ( and requires a duplication rate lower than 20% and a duplication rate per paper lower than 5%; duplication of entire paragraphs is prohibited.

  • Manuscript Specifications


    Title. A title is the crowning touch of an article. It should be concise, accurate, and closely related to the topic. General and empty titles, as well as punctuation in the title, should be avoided.

    Author names and affiliations. The full names rather than abbreviations of the author(s) and affiliations should be presented below the title. Information about the affiliation includes its name, city, and postcode; the names of multiple authors should be separated by “,”. The author’s attribution can be either in the name of the project team or in the name of an individual.

    Abstract. The abstract is the primary content used by the literature database and retrieval system for collating and retrieving information on manuscripts. It is the main reference for readers to decide whether to continue reading the full manuscript. Therefore, abstracts should reflect the main points of manuscripts, and in turn, clarify the purpose, methodology, results, and conclusions of the research. As such, it should be able to be understood outside the context of the rest of the manuscript. Please avoid using overspecialized terms, special characters, and mathematical expressions composed of special characters. Please refer to the requirements in the Guidelines for Writing Abstracts for paper submissions.

    Keywords. Each article must provide five to eight keywords which are separated by “;”. Keywords should be representative, specific, normative, and searchable. Please avoid using words that are appropriate for many articles.

    Text. Sources of data, viewpoints, figures, and quotations in the main body of a manuscript should be clearly presented (regardless of whether the sources have been officially published). It is recommended that the authors use first-hand data as much as possible. Authors should also ensure the authority and reliability of the data referenced and used, avoiding phrases such as “it was calculated...” and “it was studied...” Definitions and explanations should be provided for the terms and non-standard acronyms used in the main body of the manuscript. All symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms should be expanded in full at first mention.

    Sections should be numbered “一”, “(一)”, “1”...., followed by (1), (2), (3). ①, ② and ③ can be included if necessary.

    1) Introduction

    The text should start with a brief introduction to highlight the importance of the article. The introduction should provide relevant theories or research backgrounds used in the article and state the objectives and innovations of the work. The research methods and technical approaches adopted in the study should also be briefly explained. It is not necessary to introduce the structure of the article, and please try to avoid using similar words as in the title and the abstract.

    2) Main body

    The writing style should be concise and easy to understand. Authors should avoid excessive use of mathematical models, mathematical derivations, and obscure professional terminologies. The main body of the manuscript should reflect the needs, status quo, existing problems, and suggested measures in the corresponding research field. When a mathematical formula is required, it should be centered on a separate line, with a sequenced formula number in parentheses at the end of the line. Please use a formula editor to compose formulas. Authors should also ensure the accuracy of their calculations and use italics for measures and symbols.

    3) Tables and figures

    Tables and figures should match text properly. Tables should be included following the text and in the format of three-line tables. Figures should be well proportioned; the length of a small picture should be less than 70 mm while the length of a large picture should be less than 140 mm. Please provide the image in TIFF format (color/monochrome) or its source file. The image should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi to meet the requirements of color printing. The text and numbers in the figure should be clear, and physical quantities should be presented with units; the image should be clear and in moderate contrast without smudges or creases. The figures and tables referenced in the work must indicate the source of data. Annotations must be specific to allow source data to be traced, and avoid using general terms such as “according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics of China.”

    4) Footnotes

    Please use ①, ②, ③... for footnotes and place footnotes inside quotation marks and outside the full stop. Please insert each footnote as a superscript and renumber them on each page.

    5) Conclusions

    The text should end with conclusions. Conclusions should be corresponding to the Introduction. Please summarize any innovations objectively and pay attention to the comparison with other relevant research outcomes. You may also prospect future development.

    References. References are a vital component of academic papers. They should be indexed according to their order of appearance. References for unpublished viewpoints, data, figures of other individuals and organizations should also be cited. English translations should be provided for the cited Chinese documents. References must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text (or as a part of the text depending on specific circumstances); if there are more than three authors, only name the first three authors, then add “etc.” or “et al.” at the end; the names of the journal, publishing house, conference, and place of publication should be given in full. Each reference should list the author, the title [category], publication, year, issue number, and page range. Please find below types of publications and examples of references.

    Identification codes of different publications: major books [M]; conference minutes [C]; gathered compilation [G]; newspaper [N]; journal [J]; dissertation [D]; report [R]; standards [S]; patent [P]; database [DB]; computer program [CP]; and electronic bulletin board [EB].

    Devices for electronic documents and their codes are: magnetic tape [MT]; disk [DK]; CD-ROM [CD] and online [OL].

    Commonly used referencing formats are as follows:

    Journal: Author. Title [J]. Name of publication, Year, Volume (Issue): page range.

    Monograph (or translated book): Author. Name of the book [M]. Name of the translator. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.

    Collection of papers: Author. Title [C]. Name of the editor. Name of collection. Place of publication: Publisher, publication year: page range.

    Dissertation: Author. Title [D]. City: Depository (Thesis for Ph.D./Master’s degree), year.

    Technical standard: Standard code Sequence number – Year of release. Name of the standard [S].

    Technical report: Author. Title [R]. Code and number of the report, place: responsible unit, year.

    Newspaper article: Author. Title [N]. Name of newspaper, year-month-day (edition).

    CD-ROM database: Author. Title [DB/CD]. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication.


    Note: According to the latest publishing requirements, please avoid using internet resources as references.

  • Guidelines for Writing Abstracts

    The abstract of a paper contains key information for literature databases and retrieval systems to collect and retrieve information about the paper. Readers usually decide whether to continue reading the full text based on the abstract. In order to standardize the writing of abstracts in Chinese papers and to further promote the quality of this journal, the following specifications are proposed for writing abstracts given the actual status of this journal.

    General requirements

    1. The abstract should be complete and independent. It should state briefly the key information of the paper without omissions, comments, and additional explanations.

    2. The abstract should explain the important content of the paper in a concise, accurate, and objective way. Expressions should be direct and accurate with clear logic and refined terms. Using rhetoric is not recommended. Please also convey the maximum amount of information with the least amount of text.

    3. Do not use special characters, figures or tables, or mathematical expressions composed of special characters.

    4. The word count is approximately 300 words (including punctuation).

    Article structure

    1. General papers (such as reviews and revisions of project or research reports) should write descriptive abstracts (including expository abstract, descriptive abstract, or summary of arguments) and should include the following elements separated by a semicolon:

    Rationale: Explain the concepts adopted by the research to reflect its innovation and uniqueness.

    Topic: Describe the main content or tasks of the research.

    Methodology: Briefly describe the approach taken by the study (this item is optional).

    Results: Summarize the main findings, perspectives, solutions, or recommendations proposed in the research.

    2. Theoretical research papers (such as research and analysis articles in a specific field or on a specific topic) should write informative abstracts (that focus on information or resources) and should include the following elements separated by a semicolon:

    Problems: Explain the specific problems, main content, or tasks to be solved in the research to reflect its innovation and uniqueness.

    Methodology: Briefly describe the methods and process adopted in the research.

    Results: Summarize the main findings or analysis results obtained.

    Conclusions: Express summative opinions based on the analysis results.

  • Call for Papers

    Strategic Study of CAE (ISSN 1009–1742) is a high-level academic journal sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It mainly publishes key achievements in strategic research of the engineering field to provide a reference for scientific decision-making by the government and encourage academic achievements. Each issue is based on one to two major projects or major research outputs in key research areas and will be published in both Chinese and English.

    In order to ensure successful solicitation of contributions for Strategic Study of CAE in 2020, the journal welcomes high quality article submissions. Submission requirements are as follows:

    Journal topics

    Topics for 2022 submissions include ecological civilization, smart agriculture, manufacturing power, industrial development, new energy development, new material research and development, new fuel cells, key minerals, quantum information, artificial intelligence, water balance, water safety and water pollution control, climate change, nuclear medical treatment and health, and food nutrition and health.

    Manuscript requirements

    1. The manuscript should be based on a national major strategic research project.

    2. The manuscript should be highly strategic, problem-solving, prospective, and readable with significant reference to scientific decision-making by the government or relevant departments, and to strategic research in its field.

    3. The manuscript should be academic, normative, and rigorous with a specific topic, strong focus, clear structure, detailed data, and reliable conclusions.

    4. The manuscript should conform to national academic publishing requirements, relevant national laws and regulations on confidentiality, and the manuscript specifications of this journal.

    Submission materials

    1. The manuscript in Chinese and all images in the manuscript should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

    2. English translation to be submitted within one month after the Chinese version has been finalized.

    Submit your paper

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