Guide for Authors

 

  • Submission guidelines

Instructions for Authors

 Manuscript Submission

  • Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
  • Permissions
  • Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
  • Online Submission
  • Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.
  • Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.
  • Mandatory Review list
  • Please kindly provide a list of 3 potential reviewers not from your own organization and include information regarding: academic rank and status, affiliation, and academic e-mail address.
  • Mandatory files
  • Author names : the affiliation, email address, and ORCID ( if available)
  • Copy right. Click Here
  • Conflict of interest. Click Here
  • Spreadsheet of figures ( i.e. xls.,…)
  • Article file as the instruction below, in WORD and PDF
  • Title page
  • The title page should include:
  • A concise and informative title
  • Abstract
  • Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
  • Keywords
  • Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.
  • Text
  • Text Formatting
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word and PDF format.
  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the equation3 editor for equations.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).
  • Headings
  • Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.
  • Abbreviations
  • Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
  • Footnotes
  • Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables. 
  • Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols. 
  • Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

 

References

  •  Citation
  • Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. References are acceptable only by using EndNote software.  Please insert references, and format citations and bibliographies automatically while you write your paper in Word.  Harvard format should be applied for citation. For Harvard format sample , Click Here.
  • For download EndNote Software, Click Here.

 

  •  Reference list
  • The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.
  • Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. Order multi-author publications of the same first author alphabetically with respect to second, third, etc. author. Publications of exactly the same author(s) must be ordered chronologically.
  • Tables
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
  • Figure Numbering
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures, "A1, A2, A3, etc."
  • Figure Captions
  • Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
  • Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
  • No punctuation is to be placed at the end of the caption.
  • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  • Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.
  • Figure Placement and Size
  • When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.
  • Permissions
  • If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and that Journal will not be able to refund any costs that may have occurred to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.
  • Accessibility
  • In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that 
  • All figures have descriptive captions (blind users could then use a text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware)
  • Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colors for conveying information (color-blind users would then be able to distinguish the visual elements)
  • Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1
  • Text and Presentations
  • Submit your material in PDF format; .doc or .ppt files are not suitable for long-term viability.
  • A collection of figures may also be combined in a PDF file.
  • Spreadsheets
  • Spreadsheets should be submitted as .csv or .xlsx files (MS Excel).
  • After Acceptance
  • Upon acceptance of your article you will receive a link to the special Author Query Application at journal’s web page .
  • Once the Author Query Application has been completed, your article will be processed.
  • Copyright transfer
  • Authors will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the Publisher (or grant the Publisher exclusive publication and dissemination rights). This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws.
  • Color illustrations
  • Publication of color illustrations is free of charge.
  • Proof reading
  • The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor.
  • After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.
  • Online First
  • The article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs. This is the official first publication citable with the DOI. After release of the version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.
  • Ethical Responsibilities of Authors
  • This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct. 
  • Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation is helped by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include*:
  • The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The submitted work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work. (Please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the concerns about text-recycling (‘self plagiarism’).
  • A single study should not be split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (i.e. ‘salami-slicing/publishing’).
  • Results should be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation (including image based manipulation). Authors should adhere to discipline-specific rules for acquiring, selecting and processing data.
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (‘plagiarism’). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks (to indicate words taken from another source) are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions secured for material that is copyrighted. 
  • Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
  • Authors should make sure they have permissions for the use of software, questionnaires/(web) surveys and scales in their studies (if appropriate).
  • Authors should avoid untrue statements about an entity (who can be an individual person or a company) or descriptions of their behavior or actions that could potentially be seen as personal attacks or allegations about that person. 
  • Research that may be misapplied to pose a threat to public health or national security should be clearly identified in the manuscript (e.g. dual use of research). Examples include creation of harmful consequences of biological agents or toxins, disruption of immunity of vaccines, unusual hazards in the use of chemicals, weaponization of research/technology (amongst others).
  • Authors are strongly advised to ensure the author group, the Corresponding Author, and the order of authors are all correct at submission. Adding and/or deleting authors during the revision stages is generally not permitted, but in some cases may be warranted. Reasons for changes in authorship should be explained in detail. Please note that changes to authorship cannot be made after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • *All of the above are guidelines and authors need to make sure to respect third parties rights such as copyright and/or moral rights.
  • Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results presented. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. Sensitive information in the form of confidential or proprietary data is excluded.
  • If there is suspicion of misbehavior or alleged fraud the Journal and/or Publisher will carry out an investigation following COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, there are valid concerns, the author(s) concerned will be contacted under their given e-mail address and given an opportunity to address the issue. Depending on the situation, this may result in the Journal’s and/or Publisher’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to: 
  • If the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author. 
  • If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction: 

 -         an erratum/correction may be placed with the article

 -         an expression of concern may be placed with the article

 -         or in severe cases retraction of the article may occur.

             The reason will be given in the published erratum/correction, expression of concern 

          or retraction note. Please note that retraction means that the article is maintained on  

          the platform, watermarked “retracted” and the explanation for the retraction is

          provided in a note linked to the watermarked article.

  • The author’s institution may be informed
  • A notice of suspected transgression of ethical standards in the peer review system may be included as part of the author’s and article’s bibliographic record.
  • Fundamental errors
  • Authors have an obligation to correct mistakes once they discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their published article. The author(s) is/are requested to contact the journal and explain in what sense the error is impacting the article. A decision on how to correct the literature will depend on the nature of the error. This may be a correction or retraction. The retraction note should provide transparency which parts of the article are impacted by the error.
  • Suggesting / excluding reviewers
  • Authors are welcome to suggest suitable reviewers and/or request the exclusion of certain individuals when they submit their manuscripts. When suggesting reviewers, authors should make sure they are totally independent and not connected to the work in any way. It is strongly recommended to suggest a mix of reviewers from different countries and different institutions. When suggesting reviewers, the Corresponding Author must provide an institutional email address for each suggested reviewer. Please note that the Journal may not use the suggestions, but suggestions are appreciated and may help facilitate the peer review process.
  • Authorship principles
  • These guidelines describe authorship principles and good authorship practices to which prospective authors should adhere to.
  • Authorship clarified
  • The Journal and Publisher assume all authors agreed with the content and that all gave explicit consent to submit and that they obtained consent from the responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
  • Disclosures and declarations
  • All authors are requested to include information regarding sources of funding, financial or non-financial interests, study-specific approval by the appropriate ethics committee for research involving humans and/or animals, informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals (as appropriate).
  • The decision whether such information should be included is not only dependent on the scope of the journal, but also the scope of the article. Work submitted for publication may have implications for public health or general welfare and in those cases it is the responsibility of all authors to include the appropriate disclosures and declarations.
  • Data transparency
  • All authors are requested to make sure that all data and materials as well as software application or custom code support their published claims and comply with field standards.
  • Role of the Corresponding Author
  • One author is assigned as Corresponding Author and acts on behalf of all co-authors and ensures that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately addressed. 
  • The Corresponding Author is responsible for the following requirements:
  • ensuring that all listed authors have approved the manuscript before submission, including the names and order of authors;
  • managing all communication between the Journal and all co-authors, before and after publication;
  • providing transparency on re-use of material and mention any unpublished material (for example manuscripts in press) included in the manuscript in a cover letter to the Editor;
  • Making sure disclosures, declarations and transparency on data statements from all authors are included in the manuscript as appropriate (see above).
  • The requirement of managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors during submission and proofing may be delegated to a Contact or Submitting Author. In this case please make sure the Corresponding Author is clearly indicated in the manuscript.
  • For articles that are based primarily on the student’s dissertation or thesis, it is recommended that the student is usually listed as principal author: 
  • Affiliation
  • The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, the current address may additionally be stated. Addresses will not be updated or changed after publication of the article.
  • Changes to authorship
  • Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, the Corresponding Author, and the order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship by adding or deleting authors, and/or changes in Corresponding Author, and/or changes in the sequence of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript. 
  • Please note that author names will be published exactly as they appear on the accepted submission!
  • Please make sure that the names of all authors are present and correctly spelled, and that addresses and affiliations are current. 
  • Adding and/or deleting authors at revision stage are generally not permitted, but in some cases it may be warranted. Reasons for these changes in authorship should be explained. Approval of the change during revision is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Author identification
  • Authors are recommended to use their ORCID ID when submitting an article for consideration or acquire an ORCID ID via the submission process. 
  • Deceased or incapacitated authors
  • For cases in which a co-author dies or is incapacitated during the writing, submission, or peer-review process, and the co-authors feel it is appropriate to include the author, co-authors should obtain approval from a (legal) representative which could be a direct relative.
  • Authorship issues or disputes
  • In the case of an authorship dispute during peer review or after acceptance and publication, the Journal will not be in a position to investigate or adjudicate. Authors will be asked to resolve the dispute themselves. If they are unable the Journal reserves the right to withdraw a manuscript from the editorial process or in case of a published paper raise the issue with the authors’ institution(s) and abide by its guidelines.
  • Confidentiality
  • Authors should treat all communication with the Journal as confidential which includes correspondence with direct representatives from the Journal such as Editors-in-Chief and/or Handling Editors and reviewers’ reports unless explicit consent has been received to share information.

          Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest

  • Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of a real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number)
  • Honoraria for speaking at symposia
  • Financial support for attending symposia
  • Financial support for educational programs
  • Employment or consultation
  • Support from a project sponsor 
  • Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships 
  • Multiple affiliations
  • Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest
  • Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
  • Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work
  • In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research.
  • The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. It is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors.

 The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).

  • See below examples of disclosures:
  • Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
  • Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z. 
  • If no conflict exists, the authors should state: 
  • Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

 

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