Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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, RTF, or PDF document file format.
- 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.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
Manuscripts in the Study Protocol section report planned or ongoing research studies. A manuscript will not be considered if the associated data collection is complete when the manuscript was submitted. Publishing study protocols enables researchers and funding bodies to inform the research community regarding the planned or ongoing research, which could reduce unnecessary duplication of work and promote collaboration. Protocol manuscripts should be kept within 2500 words.
Brief Reports present preliminary findings or novel findings in up to 1500 words in the main text, a structured (except if justified otherwise in the cover letter) abstract, up to 1 table or figure, and no more than 25 references.