Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology (CJPE) adheres to the principles outlined below, which have been devised to ensure the accurate, timely, fair and ethical publication of scientific papers. We adopt clear and rigorous guidelines for best working practices in scientific publishing, working in conjunction with our academic partners.1. CJPE is committed to publishing the most objective and unbiased scientific information. The editorial board members take all necessary steps to maintain the accuracy and quality of the papers published in CJPE.2. Editors and reviewers must not disclose information about manuscripts to anyone, other than the authors. They should not use knowledge of the work before its publication to further their own interests. Reviewers also have the right to confidentiality; they will remain anonymous and their comments will not be published.3. The authors should be responsible for the originality and integrity of the articles they submit to CJPE. Authors must adhere to the ethical standards as prescribed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, http://publicationethics.org/).4. A Copyright Transfer Agreement should be signed by both the authors and the journal, in order to protect their rights and ensure that all legal information and copyright regulations are addressed.5. Misconducts including fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism concerning unethical publishing behavior are unacceptable. CJPE reserves the right to report the incident to the sponsoring or funding institution or other appropriate authority for investigation.6. Published papers that raise concerns about possible misconduct would be retracted. CJPE would deal with these papers following the guidelines of COPE.