Instructions for Authors
Manuscripts should represent the original work of the authors that have not been previously published in a refereed journal and is not under consideration for publication in another journal. By submitting to the Journal, the authors are taking public responsibility for the legality and originality of the work. As part of the submission process authors are giving the statement that they are submitting their original work which is not being considered for publication elsewhere, that they have all the copyrights i.e. that they have obtained all necessary permissions for reproduction of any copyright works not owned by them. By submitting to the Journal, the authors are taking public responsibility for the legality and originality of the manuscript.
The length of the manuscript should not exceed 16 pages (for review manuscript maximum of 20 pages), including figures and tables. Longer manuscripts will only be accepted if authors give appropriate justification in a cover letter. The preferred format for submitting manuscripts online is Microsoft Word (.doc or docx). Do not submit your manuscript in PDF format.
We suggest that all authors/co-authors should have an ORCiD (a unique researcher identifier) at the time of publication. Application for an ORCiD is free of charge and only takes a few minutes to apply for one.
The size of manuscript files should not exceed 50 MB. For larger files, please contact the editorial office. After submission of the manuscript, the corresponding author will receive an acknowledgement confirming receipt and a submission ID number.
Manuscript revision: Revised manuscripts must include the following items:
- Responses to comments that include numbered point-by-point responses to the comments made by the reviewers, Editor and editorial office labelled as 'Comment' and 'Response' for each item.
- Marked manuscript in which underline formatting should be applied for any text that was not part of the original manuscript but has now been added. For any text that was part of the original manuscript but has now been deleted, strikethrough formatting should be applied. Changes made on Figures and Tables should be clearly visible and/or explained.
Acceptance and quality control: All manuscripts must go through a quality control system before publication. All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by the Editor and/or his associates. At this stage, a manuscript may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that it is not of sufficient novelty and importance to the science or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.
Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review. The Editor selects in confidence reviewers who report about the quality of the submitted manuscript and gives recommendations. Each manuscript will be assessed by at least two independent reviewers. The Editor consults members of the Editorial Board closest to the subject of the manuscript and, with the reviewer's opinion and recommendations, decides about the acceptance for publication. The corresponding author of the manuscripts is informed about the Editor's decision.