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/letter to the Editor).
The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
During the submission process, the author has filled in the following data in the Metadata tab: co-author information, abstract, keywords, supporting agencies, and reference list.
All co-authors are included in the List of Contributors with the following information: e-mail, country, affiliation.
Figures (photographs, charts, illustrations, etc.) must be submitted as separate files in JPG, PNG or TIFF format, have a resolution of at least 300 DPI, and files are labeled according to figure number.
All figures have captions and are referenced in order of appearance throughout the text. Although figure files must be submitted separately, they may also be included in the manuscript.
Tables are included at the end of the text. All tables have titles and are referenced in order of appearance throughout the text.
Copyright permission has been obtained and is included for any table, diagram, or illustration to be reproduced from other publications. Copyrighted items are appropriately acknowledged in the references.
Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
A Word document containing Author Guidelines is available here. This document will help you structure and format your submission. Submissions that do not check all items on the Submission Preparation Checklist or do not abide by the Author Guidelines will be considered incomplete and returned to the author. Only complete submissions will be considered for peer-review.
During the submission process, please complete the following data in the Metadata tab: co-author information, abstract, keywords, supporting agencies, and reference list.
Please make sure you are registred as an Author; this may be done on your profile page.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work twelve (12) months after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).