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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 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, or RTF document file format.
  • References are in superscript Arabic numeral style as in the IFA. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Cambria 12-point font; Spaced 1.5; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, graphs and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Reference citations should be numbered consecutively as they occur in the text and references should be listed in accordance with the ICMJE recommendations (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recomm- mendations.pdf ). e accuracy of all references is the authors’ responsibility and authors are also responsible for dating access to URLs, providing a record of when they were active.
  • For peer review, the Title Page has the title (which includes method/s used), names of authors (the first name is the principal author), positions and affiliations, acknowledgement, conflict of interest declaration, funding and contribution of each author to the study.
  • Reviewers: Please suggest two reviewers for your work. The must not be associated with your work and we may not use their services.