Guide for Authors

Petroleum Exploration and Development is a bimonthly journal sponsored by the Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development (RIPED), PetroChina. In 2008, Elsevier started publishing the Journal on ScienceDirect, the online full text and bibliographic information resource. The purposes of Petroleum Exploration and Development are to advance the theory and technology of the exploration and production of petroleum resources as well as of petroleum engineering; to disseminate and communicate the up-to-date science and technology of petroleum; and to cover the latest theoretical and technological developments and research results in China and the world relating to petroleum geology, oil and gas field development, and petroleum engineering. The columns in the journal include: Petroleum Exploration, Oil and Gas Field Development, Petroleum Engineering, Comprehensive Research, Academic Discussion, etc.

Petroleum Exploration and Development is covered by both SCI and EI and published worldwide in both Chinese and English. In the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), the Impact Factor of Petroleum Exploration and Development is 2.065, which is ranked first (Q1) among all the SCI journals in the category of Petroleum Engineering.

Submission information

All manuscripts should be submitted to Petroleum Exploration and Development through "Online Submission" on the journal's website ( If you meet any problems concerning the submission, please contact us by e-mail to

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all Authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Preparation of manuscripts

Contributions must be presented in correct English and be clearly written. Contributors from China are requested to submit a corresponding Chinese version.


Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations

Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name.

First author and corresponding author

Provide a brief introduction about the first author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address of the corresponding author.


A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum length 200 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible.

Subdivision of the article

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. Any subsection should be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.


References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the authors. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Only articles that have been published or are in press should be included in the references. Journal articles and books must be cited by the following formats:

For journals: names of all the authors (surnames followed by initials), article title, name of periodical, year, volume number, issue number (in brackets), and range of pages.

For books: names of authors (surnames followed by initials), title, In: xxx ed(s)., book name, place of publication, publisher, year and range of pages.

Quantities and units

All parameters, units and symbols to be used must conform to the national standard and relevant professional standard. Each physical quantity in a formula must be given its appropriate scientific designation and using recognized standard units.

Figures and tables

The size of a figure or table should not be larger than a full page, and neither should be a plate (either color plate or white-black plate).


These should be included only when absolutely essential.

Acceptance of manuscripts

The Editorial Office informs the author of the acceptance of the contribution within 90 days after its receipt. During this period, please do not submit the contribution involved to other publishers. When the acceptance of the manuscript for publication is decided, the author should revise his (or her) manuscript in light of the opinions or suggestions of the editor.

Use of inclusive language

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, stereotypes, slang, reference to dominant culture and/or cultural assumptions. We advise to seek gender neutrality by using plural nouns ("clinicians, patients/clients") as default/wherever possible to avoid using "he, she," or "he/she." We recommend avoiding the use of descriptors that refer to personal attributes such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition unless they are relevant and valid. When coding terminology is used, we recommend to avoid offensive or exclusionary terms such as "master", "slave", "blacklist" and "whitelist". We suggest using alternatives that are more appropriate and (self-) explanatory such as "primary", "secondary", "blocklist" and "allowlist". These guidelines are meant as a point of reference to help identify appropriate language but are by no means exhaustive or definitive.


This journal uses double anonymized review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. More information is available on our website. To facilitate this, please include the following separately:
Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgements and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address.
Anonymized manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.

  1. All manuscripts would be pre-checked by editorial office. Any submission fail to meet the basic standard of the journal would be desk rejected for reasons like out of scope, ethic issues, high similarities, etc. Then, editorial office would assign the submission to the Editor-in-Chief.
  2. The Editor-in-Chief will assign to an Associate Editor or an Editorial Board Member. The editor would invite multiple reviewers to review this paper.
  3. After at least 2 reviewers provide their review reports and comments, the editor would provide feedbacks based on review comments to the authors including his/her own review.
  4. When author submits the revised manuscript, the editor would recommend a decision to the Editor-in-Chief.
  5. The Editor-in-Chief will make a final decision based on reviewers' comments and the editor's recommendation.
  6. For submissions from Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, or Editorial Board Members, other journal editors will handle them independently.

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