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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author’s guide for Mongolian Geoscientist open access journal
Papers submitted to the Mongolian Geoscientist open-access journal will be evaluated on the basis of appropriateness for the journal, suitability of topic, quality and significance of the research. Do not send manuscripts that have already been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, that reiterate previously published material or that contain significant material already published in symposium volumes or conference proceedings. The Editor and members of the Editorial Board will seek competent reviews of papers prior to accepting them for publication or recommending revisions.

Peer Review Process
Mong. Geosci. uses DOUBLE BLIND peer-review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. All submitted manuscripts are subjected to an intensive peer review in consultation with members of the journal’s editorial board and independent external referees (usually 2-3 reviewers).

Reviewers are asked to evaluate a manuscript for:

  • Relevance to Aim and Scope of the journal;
  • Originality, novelty and applicability;
  • Scientific approach;
  • Relative importance
  • Technical strength and accuracy;
  • How appropriate are figures,  tables and references;
  • English presentation and scientific writing;
  • Discussion and conclusions are relevant with result and content of the  manuscript;

All manuscripts are assessed within a suitable time and the decision based on all the peer reviewers’ comments, taken by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. The average duration of manuscript processing from submission to the final decision is 9-10 weeks.

Manuscript Submission
During preparation of manuscripts, authors are asked to carefully follow the guidelines presented here. Questions should be directed to the Editor-in-chief at Submission files (text, figures, tables, etc.) have to be converted into PDF that is used in the peer review process so that Editors and Reviewers do not have to download individual files that may be very large, or may not be compatible with software installed on their computers.

After the paper is accepted for publication, authors will be asked to send the final revised versions of all Figures, Text, and Tables in their original editable formats including the following: Word, TIFF, JPG, PDF, Excel and Power-Point.

Types of Manuscripts Published
The journal publishes types of manuscripts:

  • Original articles presenting a new research result (typically 12 journal pages),
  • Scientific communications (5 journal pages),
  • Review papers based on original compilation and synthesis from published and unpublished research result invited by Editor or editorial board (no more than 15 journal pages) and
  • News (no more than 5 journal pages).

Original articles
Original articles, focused on new data, may discuss any aspect of geology, including tectonics, paleontology, geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy, ore deposit studies, mineral resources, geophysics, exploration drilling, permafrost, hydrogeology, engineering geology, geo-ecology, environmental issues, laboratorial and experimental studies and their results. Original articles (including figures, table, and references) are reviewed by at least two expert readers and at least one member of the Editorial Board.

Scientific communications
Scientific communications are intended to serve as topical progress reports prior to the publication of a major paper, to disseminate new ideas on topics of current interest, or to describe a new technique and its applications. In any of these cases, scientific communications must stand alone and contain sufficient data to support conclusions. They contain structure and formats of original article that might appear shorter. They are evaluated by only one referee and one member of the Editorial Board, which permits more rapid publication.

Review papers
Review papers are generally invited by the Editor-in-chief or by members of the Editorial Board. Review papers should present new insights of original compilations of published and unpublished research result and a specific topic within the journal focuses. They should be written to educate the reader rather than simply compile information. Review papers will be reviewed by at least two expert readers and at least one member of the Editorial Board.

This section will generally present society highlighted news in geoscience, including scientific discussions and analysis of international conference’s outcome, new book’s information, comments and opinions on special findings.

Covering letter
Following issues must be stated in the covering letter

  • Indicate type of the manuscript
  • Authors confirm that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • The covering letter must also contain that all authors have contributed and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.
  • Why this research being done
  • What you found, what is new, what is scientific conclusion
  • Why this research is suitable for the journal
  • Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest.

Manuscript Text, References, Tables, and Figures Format and Style

Title page includes the following:

  • Title of paper (12 pt, Bold)
  • Authors’ names (12 pt)
  • Authors’ affiliations and addresses (8 pt)
  • Corresponding author should be indicated by * mark and include e-mail address (8 pt)
    • Include corresponding author’s name, department/section, school/institution, university/academy mailing address (including zip code), and email address

Key words

  • Three to five key words should be supplied below the abstract for the purposes of indexing. Key words should not be included in the title of paper (10 pt).


  • An abstract of about 200 to 250 words is required. One should accompany all full papers and scientific communications.
  • The abstract typed in Times New Roman 10 pt, regular, fully justified.
  • No references, figures, or tables should be included in the abstract.

Structure of article

  • The article structure should contain Abstract, Introduction, Geological background, Methods and materials, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments and References.


  • At least 20 references of research papers should be used for the regular paper and 20% of them would be newly published within last five years. Textbook and technical guidebook should not be included.


  • Acknowledgements are in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. Enable you to thank all those who have helped in carrying out the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, and also funding sources etc.).


Map Series

  • Maps should be prepared using programs such as MapInfo, ArcGIS, and CorelDraw. Maps should include topographic contours, latitude and longitude, strike and dip symbols on layered rocks, and dip arrows on faults and contacts. Cross sections should be located on accompanying plan maps. Degree of certainty on lithological contacts, faults, and other features should be indicated.


  • Microsoft Word is the recommended software for the body of the manuscript and should be formatted for A4 portrait 210 mm x 297 mm paper. Margins top/bottom 30 mm, and right/left 25 mm.
  • The document must be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point, single line spacing, regular, fully justified and normal.
  • Spelling must conform to U.S. conventions (e.g., sulfide, not sulphide; color, not colour).
  • Acronyms should be avoided, except those that are universally accepted, such as ICP-MS, REE and VMS.
  • Three ranks of heading can be accommodated. Major headings are centered and bold. Secondary headings are set in italics; third-level headings are indented, italicized, and run into the text.
  • Boldface type and italics should be used only for appropriate mathematical symbols, not for emphasis.

  Figure captions

  • Captions follow the References section of the paper.
  • Number captions (and figures) sequentially with Arabic numerals and begin with the abbreviation “Fig.” (e.g., Fig. 1).
  • Parts of the figure should be labeled with upper case letters (e.g., A, B, C).
  • Captions should be brief, stating first the type of figure involved, then the salient points of the figure, and conclude with references if the figure is derived from other work.


  • Tables may follow the figure captions or be individual files.
  • Use Word or Excel—a format that we can edit for style.
  • Tables are called out sequentially, with Arabic numerals and brief titles.
  • Appendix tables and figures are designated by an upper case “A” before the number (e.g., Table A1; Fig. A1).000/000-00 $6.00 184

Abbreviations, units, and terminology

  • Geologic terminology and spelling should conform to the Glossary of Geology, published by the American Geological Institute.
  • Abbreviations are generally spelled out in text where is first used.

Citations and references

When citing literature in the text, use the following forms:

  • One author (Bat, 2000), two authors (Bat and Bold, 2000), three or more authors (Bat et al., 2000).
  • If two or more authors are cited parenthetically, they are listed chronologically from oldest to most recent: (Bat, 1990; Bold, 2000; Tuya, 2010).
  • If the citation is not a parenthetical one (as above), refer to Bat (2000), to Bat and Bold (2000), and to Bat et al. (2000).

The order of references at the end of the paper

  • Entries are cited alphabetically, publication year, title, names of journals and symposium must be spelled out in full, volumes, and pages must be included.
  • Papers by a single author are listed chronologically from oldest to most recent.

References section—examples:

  • Book: Collins, A.G. 1975. Geochemistry of oilfield waters: Amsterdam, Elsevier, 496 p.
  • Conference paper: Çolakolu, A.R., Murakami H., Arikal, T. 2004. Geology of the Fe-Cu skarn deposit (western Turkey): International Symposium on Eastern Mediterranean Geology Thessaloniki, 5th, Greece, 14–20 April 2004, Proceedings, p. 1595–1596.
  • Journal paper: Fehn, U., Cathles, L.M. 1979. Hydrothermal convection at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges: Tectonophysics, v. 55, p. 239–260.
  • “Et al.” entry follows two author entry (above): Fehn, U., Green, K.E., Von Herzen, R.P., Cathles, L.M. 1983. Numerical models for the hydrothermal field at the Galapagos spreading center: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 88, p. 1033–1048.
  • Paper in a book: Ohmoto, H., Goldhaber, M.B. 1997. Sulfur and carbon isotopes, in Barnes, H.L., ed., Geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits, 3rd ed.: New York, Wiley, p. 517–611.
  • Academic thesis: Richer, M. 2006. Volcanic framework, geochronology and geochemical evolution of the El Dorado gold district, El Salvador, Central America: Unpublished M.Sc. thesis, Vancouver, Canada, The University of British Columbia, 147 p.

Artwork, photographs

  • Top quality, high resolution graphics and images are needed in digital form at the publishing stage. 
  • Figures should be supplied as separate files, but the text can also include the figures as position indicators. It is important that authors suggest optimum positions for figures and tables even though lay-out considerations may necessitate some changes.
  • At least one location map must include latitude-longitude markings
  • For articles, the standard figure widths are 83 mm (single column) and 170 mm (full page).
  • Photos should be scanned at no less than 300 dpi. Scanned photos with lettering should be scanned at no less than 600 dpi.
  • Approximate sizes of high-resolution images are as follows:
    1 column width, landscape image: ~450 Kb JPG, ~2 Mb TIFF.
    1 column width, portrait image: ~450 Kb JPG, ~4 Mb TIFF.
    2 column width, landscape image: ~750 Kb JPG, ~8 Mb TIFF.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors
Mongolian Geoscientist journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. The journal articles distribute under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) International License and uses the Similarity Check, Crossref to screen for PLAGIARISMS.

Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation is helped by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include*:

  • The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The submitted work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work. (Please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the concerns about text-recycling (‘self-plagiarism’).
  • If data, text, or theories by others are presented, they should not exceed 30% or 2-3 figures of original work and self-plagiarism

If occur any conflict, the journal will follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.

Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results presented. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. Sensitive information in the form of confidential or proprietary data is excluded.

If there is suspicion of misbehavior or alleged fraud the Journal and/or Publisher will carry out an investigation following COPE guidelines.

  • If the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
  • If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction:
  • an erratum/correction may be placed with the article
  • an expression of concern may be placed with the article
  • or in severe cases retraction of the article may occur.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editor or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.

Privacy Statement

Mongolia Journals Online (MongoliaJOL) is a member of the Ubiquity Partner Network coordinated by Ubiquity Press. According to the EU definitions, MongoliaJOL is the data controller, and Ubiquity Press are the service providers and data processors. Ubiquity Press provide the technical platform and some publishing services to MongoliaJOL and operate under the principle of data minimisation where only the minimal amount of personal data that is required to carry out a task is obtained.

More information on the type of data that is required can be found in Ubiquity Press’ privacy policy below.

Ubiquity Press Privacy Policy

We take seriously our duty to process your personal data in a fair and transparent way. We collect and manage user data according to the following Privacy Policy. This document is part of our Terms of Service, and by using the press portal, affiliated journals, book, conference and repository websites (the “Websites”), you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service. Please read the Terms of Service in their entirety, and refer to those for definitions and contacts.

What type of personal data do we handle?

There are four main categories of personal data stored by our journal platform, our press platform, and our book management system; Website User data, Author data, Reviewer data and Editor data.

The minimum personal data that are stored are:

  • full name
  • email address
  • affiliation (department, and institution)
  • country of residence

Optionally, the user can provide:

  • salutation
  • gender
  • associated URL
  • phone number
  • fax number
  • reviewing interests
  • mailing address
  • ORCiD
  • a short biography
  • interests
  • Twitter profile
  • LinkedIn profile
  • ImpactStory profile
  • profile picture

The data subjects have complete control of this data through their profile, and can request for it to be removed by contacting

What do we do to keep that data secure?

We regularly backup our databases, and we use reliable cloud service providers (Amazon, Google Cloud, Linode) to ensure they are kept securely. Backups are regularly rotated and the old data is permanently deleted. We have a clear internal data handling policy, restricting access to the data and backups to key employees only. In case of a data breach, we will report the breach to the affected users, and to the press/journal contacts within 72 hours.

How do we use the data?

Personal information is only used to deliver the services provided by the publisher. Personal data is not shared externally except for author names, affiliations, emails, and links to ORCiD and social media accounts (if provided) in published articles and books which are displayed as part of the article/book and shared externally to indexes and databases. If a journal operates under open peer review then the reviewer details are published alongside the reviewer details.

How we collect and use your data:

1. When using the website

1.1 what data we collect

  • When you browse our website, we collect anonymised data about your use of the website; for example, we collect information about which pages you view, which files you download, what browser you are using, and when you were using the site.
  • When you comment on an article or book using Disqus, we are not collecting, controlling or processing the data. More details on the DISQUS privacy policy can be found on their website.
  • When you annotate an article or book, this is done via a 3rd party plugin to the website called In using this plugin we are not collecting, controlling or processing the data. More details on the privacy policy can be found on their website.

1.2 why we collect the data

  • We use anonymised website usage data to monitor traffic, help fix bugs, and see overall patterns that inform future redesigns of the website, and provide reports on how frequently the publications on our site have been accessed from within their IP ranges.

1.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • We do not collect personal information that can be used to identify you when you browse the website.
  • We currently use Google Analytics for publication reports, and to improve the website and services through traffic analysis, but no personal identifying data is shared with Google (for example your computer’s IP is anonymised before transmission).

1.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • Please contact to request a copy of your data, or for your data to be removed/anonymised.

2. When registering as an author, and submitting an article or book

2.1 what data we collect

  • When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
  • As part of submitting an article for publication, you will need to provide personally identifying information which will be used for the peer review process, and will be published. This can include ‘Affiliation’, ‘Competing interests’, ‘Acknowledgements’.

2.2 why we collect the data

  • Registering an account allows you to log in, manage your profile, and participate as an author/reviewer/editor. We use cookies and session information to streamline your use of the website (for example in order for you to remain logged-in when you return to a journal). You can block or delete cookies and still be able to use the websites, although if you do you will then need to enter your username and password to login. In order to take advantage of certain features of the websites, you may also choose to provide us with other personal information, such as your ORCiD, but your decision to utilize these features and provide such data will always be voluntary.
  • Personal data submitted with the article or book is collected to allow follow good publication ethics during the review process, and will form part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

2.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • We do not share your personal information with third parties, other than as part of providing the publishing service.
  • As a registered author in the system you may be contacted by the journal editor to submit another article.
  • Any books published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats on the publisher’s site.
  • Any personal data accompanying an article or a book (that will have been added by the submitting author) is published alongside it. The published data includes the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors.
  • Any articles published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in various formats (e.g. PDF, XML).
  • Ubiquity Press books and articles are typeset by SiliconChips and Diacritech.This process involves them receiving the book and book associated metadata and contacting the authors to finalise the layout. Ubiquity Press work with these suppliers to ensure that personal data is only used for the purposes of typesetting and proofing.
  • For physical purchases of books on the platform Ubiquity Press use print on demand services via Lightning Source who are responsible for printing and distribution via retailers. (For example; Amazon, Book Repository, Waterstones). Lightning Source’s privacy policy and details on data handling can be found on their website.

2.4 why we store the data

  • We store the account data so that you may choose to become a reviewer and be able to perform those tasks, or to become an author and submit an article and then track progress of that article.
  • Published personal data that accompanies an article or a book forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

2.5 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • You are able to view, change and remove your data associated with your profile. Should you choose to completely delete your account, please contact us at and we will follow up with your request as soon as possible.
  • To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact

3. When registering as a reviewer

3.1 what data we collect

  • To become a reviewer you must first register as a user on the website, and set your preference that you would like to be considered as a reviewer. No new personal data is collected when a registered user elects to become a reviewer.
  • When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
  • Reviewers can also be registered by editors who invite them to review a specific article. This requires the editor to provide the reviewer’s First Name, Last Name, and Email address. Normally this will be done as part of the process of inviting you to review the article or book.
  • On submitting a review, the reviewer includes a competing interest statement, they may answer questions about the quality of the article, and they will submit their recommendation.

3.2 why we collect the data

  • The data entered is used to invite the reviewer to peer review the article or book, and to contact the reviewer during and the review process.
  • If you submit a review then the details of your review, including your recommendation, your responses to any review form, your free-form responses, your competing interests statement, and any cover letter are recorded.

3.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • This data is not shared publicly and is only accessible by the Editor and system administrators of that journal or press.
  • The data will only be used in connection with that journal or press.
  • Data that is retained post final decision is kept to conform to publication ethics and best practice, to provide evidence of peer review, and to resolve any disputes relating to the peer review of the article or book.
  • For journals or presses that publish the peer reviews, you will be asked to give consent to your review being published, and a subset of the data you have submitted will become part of the published record.

3.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • If you would no longer like to be registered as a reviewer you can edit your profile and tick the box ‘stop being a reviewer’. This will remove you from the reviewer database, however any existing reviews you may have carried out will remain.
  • If you have been contacted by an editor to peer review an article this means that you have been registered in the system. If you would not like to be contacted for peer review you can reply to the email requesting that your data be deleted.

4. When being registered as a co-author

4.1 what data we collect

  • Co-author data is entered by the submitting author. The submitting author will already have a user account. According to standard publishing practice, the submitting author is responsible for obtaining the consent of their co-authors to be included (including having their personal data included) in the article/book being submitted to the journal/press.
  • The requested personal data for co-authors are at the bare minimum; first name, last name, institution, country, email address. This can also include; ORCID ID, Title, Middle Name, Biographical Statement, Department, Twitter Handle, Linkedin Profile Name or ImpactStory ID.

4.2 why we collect the data

  • Assuming that it is accepted for publication, this data forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
  • Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.

4.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • The co-author’s personal data is stored in the author database. This personal data is only used in relation to the publication of the associated article.
  • Any co-author data collected is added to the author database and is only used in association with the article the user is co-author on.

4.5 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed

  • To receive a copy of your data, please contact
  • To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact

5. When signing-up to receive newsletters

5.1 what data we collect

  • We require you to include your name and email address

5.2 why we collect and store the data, and for how long

  • This data would be collected to keep you updated with any news about the platform or specific journal

5.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data

  • We use mailchimp to provide our mailing list services. Their privacy policy can be found here

5.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data or want your data to be removed

  • All emails sent via our newsletter client will include a link that will allow you to unsubscribe from the mailing list

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)