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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).
  • A manuscript text file containing title page, abstract, keywords, contents, acknowledgments, reference list and appendices (if necessary). No figures or tables should be included in this file. The title page of this file should include the title of the article, full names and affiliations of all authors, and the name, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers and full postal address of the corresponding author.
  • A figure file containing figures which are clear and high-quality with minimal shading. A figure caption list should precede all the figures.
  • A table file containing all the tables (including title, description, footnotes).
  • A full PDF file containing text, figures and tables in 1 PDF file.
  • A copyright transfer agreement (Please download it from our Instructions for Authors page).

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