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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 submitted to another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • 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 at the end, with placeholder text appearing within the manuscript.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • All citations in the text must have a reference in the list, and all references in the list must be cited in the text. The journal has adopted the author-date system of The Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) for citations. Guidance can be gleaned in the following site: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.
  • Information regarding any research grant support or assistance of colleagues (not listed as co-authors) and institutions should be indicated in this section. If previous versions of the paper have been presented in conferences or symposia, it should also be acknowledged in the article.
  • The journal adopts the guidelines outlined in Thomas A. Lang and Douglas G. Altman’s article on basic statistical reporting for journal publications. The article is available online at http://www.equator-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SAMPL-Guidelines-6-27-13.pdf.
  • If an author wishes to use copyrighted material from other sources, the author needs to obtain written permission from the copyright owners. The authors need to submit this document as an attachment with the manuscript submission.
  • Abbreviations should be enclosed in parentheses and follow their spelled-out forms at the first instance of usage in the text. Avoid using acronyms as the first word of a sentence or a heading. In such instances, rewrite the sentence or spell out the term.
  • The full names (not initials) should be used to identify the authors of the work, complete with the affiliations and institutional addresses of all authors. Corresponding authors should also include their contact details, such as telephone or fax number and email address.
  • Ensure that your manuscript follows the length requirements for each format. Note that the text, references, and notes are all counted toward the word limit. Submissions that exceed the limit will be sent back to the author for reduction of the word count before they can be peer reviewed.

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