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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Formatting
Text content submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx). Manuscripts must be written in English. Text should be double-spaced with 12-point Arial font, in 8.5"x11" format, with 1" margins.

Please do not include tables and figures in this document as they must be uploaded separately as a supplemental file. 

Please do not include authors' names, information or acknowledgements in your original manuscript or in your supplemental files as they must be entered separately during online submission.

Citations Formatting
All citations must be in Vancouver style.

Tables Formatting
Tables, no more than 4, must be submitted typewritten. Each table must be constructed as simply as possible. Number tables consecutively with arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Tables must be in text format (.doc, .xls) and not image format, allowing for copyediting and formatting by the journal.

Figures and illustrations
No more than 4 high resolution figures may accompany a manuscript with the following specification:

  • For line art (graphs, charts, scatterplots, flowcharts or anything else with sharply delineated lines) in EPS/DOC/PPT, 800 DPI minimum

  • For Continuous-tone art (photographs, immunoblots, microphotographs, or anything with soft edges gradually shading from one tone to another) in TIFF/JPG/PNG format, 300 DPI minimum 

Figure Legends
Figure legends should contain sufficient information so that each figure is intelligible without reference to the text. These should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of their appearance within the text and supply a brief title for each.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Manuscripts must be written in English. Text should be double-spaced with 12-point Arial font, in 8.5"x11" format, with 1" margins and continuous line numbers (under layout). All illustrations, figures, and tables are uploaded as a supplemental file.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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