Open access journal
This is an open access journal: all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.
Peer review under responsibility of China Geology.
All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.
Permitted third party reuse is defined by the following user license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): Allows users to copy and distribute the Article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way, and provided the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, and that the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work. The full details of the license are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
For open access publishing, this journal uses a copyright transfer agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to China Geology Editorial Office, China Geological Survey, but will have the right to share their article in the same ways permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.