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Submission guidelines

Flexible format submissions

To facilitate the submission process, we are flexible with regard to the format, style and length of initial submissions. If it is more convenient to the authors, manuscripts can be uploaded as a single PDF or a Microsoft Word file with high resolution figures, figure legends and supplemental information included. The cover letter is provided separately during the submission process. Please refer to the submissions criteria regarding our policy on data.

Journal-specific formatting is required only once manuscripts have completed peer review.

Our 3-step submission process

  1. Before you submit

    Now you’ve identified a journal to submit to, there are a few things you should be familiar with before you submit.

  2. Ready to submit

    To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these policies and formatting guidelines.

  3. Submit and promote

    After acceptance, we provide support so your article gains maximum impact in the scientific community and beyond.

    Please note that manuscript can only be submitted by an author of the manuscript and may not be submitted by a third party. 

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed 
    71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    65 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    143 days from submission to acceptance
    17 days from acceptance to publication

    337 Altmetric mentions