[Purposes] This paper aims to systematically summarize the main problems of map quality control in scientific journals and those in the implementation of Regulations on Management of Map Review in China. For the future long-term standardized use of maps, we construct the long-term mechanism of map quality control. And also, we put forward the suggestions to implement the above regulation smoothly and chronically. [Methods] Combined with the actual work experience and implementation of the above regulation, the long-term mechanism of map quality control for scientific journals was constructed based on the main elements, key subjects, and measures that can be taken at different time scales. Meanwhile, considering the current network technology and media characteristics, this paper put forward detailed suggestions to ensure the long-term standardized use of maps in China. [Findings] Key problems of quality control for maps include inadequate awareness of quality control and unclear responsibilities, as well as the insufficient responsibility of editors. Feasible and legal documents, conscientious execution and supervision, extensive and professional training and propaganda, and effective punishment are the keys for the long-term mechanism of quality control and standardization for maps. In long-term consideration, perfecting map quality control mechanism, establishing the online platform for map review, opening channels for collecting opinions and feedbacks, and developing map knowledge training and publicity could promote the implementation of regulation from different time scales, and achieve the ultimate goal of the above regulation. [Conclusions] Maps are special illustration in scientific journals for their political sensitivity. For controlling the map quality of scientific journals in China, multi-subjects with joint efforts from many aspects, and short-term, medium-term, and long-term measures should be carried out simultaneously, which also can promote the smooth implementation of the above regulation and ensure the correct use of maps.
Regulations on Management of Map Review in China