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/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 here.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a Arial, 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • Illustrations and figures are sumbmited as separate files in JPG, PNG or TIFF format and have a resolution of at least 300 DPI.
  • Copyright permission has been obtained and is included for any table, diagram, or illustration to be reproduced from other publications.
  • All illustrations (low resolution), figures (low resolution), and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

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 will be returned to the author for completion. 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.