[Purposes] The aim of this paper is to address the inherent characteristics of zero-cited paper formation based on a quantitative analysis of the peer reviewers’comments on zero-cited papers published in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Fertilizer（hereinafter referred to as the journal）.[Methods] The CNKIwas used for extracting the zero-cited papers published in this journal from 1994-2012.The statistics analysis was used to determine the relationships between zero-cited papers and the type of first authors.The data on the assessment indicators of academ ic value and the quality of zero-cited papersmade by peer reviewers during 2008-2012 were classified and analyzed quantitatively.[Findings] The contribution of different types of the firstauthors to the zerocited papers decreased in the follow ing author types:graduate student>associate professor>research associate>professor.About44%peer reviewers thought that the scientific problems concerned w ith zero-cited papers was in the leading level in our country,butmore than 90%believed that the zero-cited papers had serious defects in the experimental design and researchmethods aswell as result analysis.[Conclusions] Serious manuscript quality issues are closely related w ith the formation of zero cited papers.Reducing the zero cited rate of paper of the journalw ill need a cooperative control of the authors and the reviewers aswell as the editors.
Academ ic value,