Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 Microsoft Word document file format.
- The text is double-spaced; lines are numbered; uses a 12-point font (e.g. Times New Roman); employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all tables, figures, and illustrations are placed at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- The References are accurate and complete, and, where available, include DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) following the display guidelines established by CrossRef. The URLs for references in the public domain should also be provided.
Have the following information in hand:
- The names and e-mail addresses of five persons not involved with the research that could be contacted to serve as potential reviewers for the journal. Enter this information in the "Comments for the Editor" text box at the end of Step 1 (Start).
- The complete names and contact information of all co-authors, to be entered in the corresponding boxes in Step 4 (Enter Metadata).
- The References, copied from the corresponding section in the manuscript, to be entered in the corresponding box in Step 4 (Enter Metadata).
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