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Advances in Polar Science is changing and improving
Advances in Polar Science (APS) has been published since 1990 as a peer-reviewed English-language journal dedicated to the presentation of multi-disciplinary achievements in Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and research (until 2011 it was known as the Chinese Journal of Polar Science [English Edition]). Now, commencing with Vol. 26, No. 3 in 2015, we are moving to make APS more truly international, with two new Co-Editors-in Chief, and a new expert team of disciplinary Editors from China and many other nations involved in polar research (see http://www.aps-polar.org/home/editorialboard). In the future, Advances in Polar Science will be a completely separate journal from the Chinese-language version of the Chinese Journal of Polar Research.

Our broad goals for the journal in the near future are to improve the quality of contributions and to attract more involvement and contributions from outside China. Specific objectives will include using APS as a platform to raise international awareness of Chinese polar research and to facilitate collaboration between China and other nations in polar science, and to build both inter-disciplinary and bi-polar links within our research community.

Manuscript submissions on relevant polar research topics will be accepted from scientists of any nation and subject to peer review by at least two expert referees, at least one of whom will be from outside China. The review process will be managed by one of the expert disciplinary Editors, working in collaboration with the international Editorial Board. Authors will usually be informed of decisions within six weeks of submission and, once accepted, a paper will normally be published in the next issue of the journal. APS will continue as a true open-access, quarterly scientific journal. Publishing in APS is free of charge thanks to generous funding from the Polar Research Institute of China, and free access is provided to all articles as soon as they are accepted
(at http://www.aps-polar.org/paper/currentissue ).

We also propose to publish one or two“Special Issues”of APS each year on polar research projects, disciplinary topics or polar geographical regions of current interest. In particular“Special Issues”will focus on those polar themes which have strong internationally collaborative links. Special issue topics currently under consideration are editions on“Ice-ocean interaction in Prydz Bay, Antarctica”and“A decade of scientific research at Dome A, Antarctica”.

We welcome your continuing involvement in the journal Advances in Polar Science. We look forward to the submission of new manuscripts (which can be made online at http://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/apsci) and for any suggestions of future“Special Issues”(which can be made via email to the editorial office at polarresearch@pric.org.cn or journal@pric.org.cn).
Co-Editors-in-Chief, APS
Huigen Yang, PRIC, Shanghai
Ian Allison, ACE CRC, Hobart
20 September 2015