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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 publishednor 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 file format.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point (Times New Roman) fontand all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Instruction for Authors
  • I (We) have prepared the Cover letter which includes:

    (1) explanation why the manuscript should be published
    (2) declaration of any potential competing interests and
    (3)  suggestion of three potential reviewers (name, institution and e-mail address) for the manuscript.