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 author/s have read the Journal's policies, specifically the Editorial policy, the Ethics and Malpractice Statement and the Journal’s Copyright notice. These all ensure the submission has not been previously published in full or in part (including via a conference), nor is it before another journal for consideration. If your submission is available on a preprint platform please let the editor know in the ‘Comments for the Editor’ having noted the Preprint Policy Preprint Policy
Where a paper extends an earlier published work, please make this explicit in your submission. All articles submitted to the Journal will be subject to checks for plagiarism using iThenticate - plagiarism detection software.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word. Please do not upload PDFs
- Details for all authors have been provided which includes an email address and institutional affiliation.
- All information or text that could identify the author/s (and their institution/s) has been removed for the 'anonymous' version of the submission. Please note - de-identification means the identity of the author/s and the institution/s must be removed (or replaced in the text with a marker such as 'XXX')
- All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. An additional document should be uploaded with figures and/or images displayed independent of the text to assist with layout editing. Please consult guidelines for information on figures/images and illustrations.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and complies with the Harvard referencing system.
- Any URLs in the body of the submission or in the reference list have been checked as active.
- Attempted to include Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) where possible in the reference list. This Journal uses CrossRef - a reference linking service. Submissions will be returned if there is no attempt to include a DOI that pre-exists for a journal article reference
- Inclusion of an ‘Acknowledgement’ section has indicated the source of research funding or other institutional support that facilitated the research (if applicable).
- The submission has been proof-read and edited in a professional way and is believed to be publication-ready. EndNote Library has been disabled.
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