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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Step-by-Step Guide

Click “New Submission”

Step 1: Starting the submission

  • Fields with an asterisk in journal section is mandatory.
  • Select a Journal Section that best fits with your submission.
  • Next, the author must check each of the items from the submission checklist.
  • The journal's copyright policy will appear next and the author will need to agree to this policy.
  • The author can add any comments, which will be visible to the editor.

Move to the next step by hitting the Save and Continue button.

Step 2: Uploading the submission

  • On this page, click Choose File which opens a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive of your computer.
  • Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
  • Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
  • Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal's web site and renames it following the journal's conventions.

Once the submission is uploaded, click Save and continue.

Step 3: Entering the Submission's Metadata

  • Fill personal information of author(s). If there are multiple authors for the submission, their information can be added using the Add Author button.
  • Enter the Submission title and abstract, keywords, supporting Agencies (if any), and references.

Hit the Save and Continue button to move on to Step 4.

Step 4: Uploading Supplementary Files

  • Upload final checklist, conflict of interests (one author, one file), ethical clearance, and figures and tables.
  • On this page, click Choose File which opens a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive of your computer.
  • Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
  • Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
  • Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal's web site and renames it following the journal's conventions.
  • You must now enter a title for the supplementary file, and optionally, any additional descriptive information.

Once the submission is uploaded, click Save and Continue.

Step 5: Confirming the Submission

Submission, fast-track review, or publication fees, your required payment will also be detailed here. If you require a fee waiver to be considered, check that box and an provide an explanation (required).

Click Finish Submission to submit your manuscript. You will receive an acknowledgement by email and will be able to view your submission's progress through the review and editorial process by returning to the Active Submissions section of your Author page.

Submission complete.