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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 Microsoft Word, or PDF document file format.
  • I am aware of the OA publication fee policy and I am able to pay a share of the publication costs as specified in
  • Where available, URLs (or DOI code) for the references have been provided.
  • The text is composed in accordance with the Guide for authors and Article Template available at The text is complete 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 Guide.

Author Guidelines

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