Online Submission Guidelines

Submission Step One: Starting the Submission

Step 1 ensures that the Author understands the journal's submission rules. The Author will have to pick the appropriate section to submit to, and will be provided with information on the journal's privacy statement, copyright notice, competing interest statement and/or author fees, if applicable. If you need any help the journal's technical support contact is provided at the top of this page.

Next, the author must check each of the items from the submission checklist. These items were established in Journal Setup Step 

The journal's copyright policy will appear next, and, if configured as a requirement, the author will need to agree to this policy. If the journal has not added a Copyright Notice, this section will not appear.

Authors can then review the Privacy Statement. If the journal has not added a Privacy Statement, this section will not appear.

Finally, the author can add any comments, which will be visible to the editor. Move to the next step by hitting the Save and Continue button.

Submission Step Two: Uploading the Submission

Submission Step Two allows you to upload the submission file, typically a word-processing document.

  • Click Browse to open a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive of your computer.
  • Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
  • Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
  • Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal's web site and renames it following the journal's conventions.
  • Once the submission is uploaded, click Save and continue.

Submission Step Three: Entering the Submission's Metadata

The third step of the submission process serves to collect all relevant metadata from the author. The first section of metadata covers the authors. The submitting author will have their personal information automatically appear. Any additional information, such as Competing Interests should also be added at this time, if required.

If there are multiple authors for the submission, their information can be added using the Add Author button. You can also re-order the list of authors, make one of the authors the principal contact with the editor, and delete any authors added in error.

Next, enter the submission title and abstract.

You will then add indexing information. This will help others find your article. The suggested indexing options were determined by the Journal Manager in Setup Step 3.4.

The final section allows you to enter the name of any organization that may have supported your research.

Hit the Save and Continue button to move on to Step 4.

Submission Step Four: Uploading Supplementary Files

This step is optional. If you have any supplementary files, such as research instruments, data sets, etc., you may add them here. These files are also indexed by the author, identifying their relation to the submission, as well as their ownership. Supplementary Files can be uploaded in any file format and will be made available to readers in their original format.

  • Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
  • Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
  • Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal's web site and renames it following the journal's conventions.
  • Once the submission is uploaded, click Save and Continue.

Submission Step Five: Confirming the Submission

This final step provides a summary of your submission.

If the journal charges submission, fast-track review, or publication fees, your required payment will also be detailed here. If you paid previously, use the checkbox to indicate that you have. If you require a fee waiver to be considered, check that box and an provide an explanation (required).