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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 before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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 within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Editorial Commentary

A commentary is a comment on a newly published article. A commentary may be invited by the chief editor or spontaneously submitted. A commentary is a line-by-line or even word-by-word explication of an article usually attached to the same edition or an accompanying volume

Original Article

This is the most common type of journal article used to publish complete research reports. Depending on the journal, it may be referred to as an Original Article, Research Article, Research, or simply Article. The Original Research format is appropriate for numerous fields and types of studies. It contains complete sections on the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Case Studies

These articles describe particular instances of fascinating phenomena. Case Studies aim to alert other researchers to the possibility that a particular phenomenon may occur. In medicine, this type of study is commonly used to report the occurrence of previously unknown or emerging pathologies.

Short Reports or Letters

These papers provide concise summaries of findings from original research that the editors believe will be of interest to a large number of researchers and will likely stimulate further study in the field. Due to their brevity, the format is useful for scientists whose findings are time-sensitive (for example, those in highly competitive or quickly-changing disciplines). This format frequently imposes strict length restrictions, so some experimental details may not be published until the authors compose a comprehensive Original Research manuscript. These documents are also known as Brief communications.

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