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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).
  • Ensure the submission is structured as requested by the journal, and contains all relevant sections. All submissions should follow the journal guidelines. Detailed guidelines are specified in the templates which can be found in About the Journal.
  • The submission file(s) are in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or Latex file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The submission includes author name(s), affiliations, and contact information.
  • The manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'. Non-native English speakers are encouraged to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission. This is particular key for revised submissions.
  • Data accuracy is crucial. Authors are strongly encouraged to double check all reported data for accuracy and to confirm that all units of measurement are correct and consistent.
  • Ensure all authors have seen and approved the final version of the article prior to submission. All authors must also approve the journal you are submitting to.
  • Cover Letter – This letter should introduce your paper and outline why your work is important and suitable publication at this time.

For detailed instructions refer to the journal templates found in About the Journal