Online submission guide

when you are ready to submit

  1. Make sure your submission type meets our criteria explained in AUTHOR GUIDELINES
  2. Go to ‘Submit‘ under the ‘Submissions’ tab in the top menu bar
  3. Register
  4. Select your role as Author

create a new submission

  1. Select the “Click here” link under ‘create a new submission’ at the bottom of your online submission user homepage
  2. Select which section (article type) is most appropriate for your submission from the drop-down menu
  3. Optionally, you may add any comments you wish to send to the Editors
  4. Select “Save and continue”
  5. You will be required to agree to a copyright notice and make a statement of competing interests

entering metadata for your submission

  1. Complete the author details. All fields marked with an asterisk are required. If there are multiple authors, use the “Add Author” button to bring up additional fields
  2. Add the title and abstract
  3. Complete the indexing
  4. Enter the names of any supporting agencies
  5. Select “Save and continue”

upload your submission

  1. Click “Browse” to open a Choose File window and locate the file on the hard drive of your computer (upload the main text of your manuscript at this stage including the title, abstract, article and references if applicable, don’t forget to remove all names, affiliations and acknowledgements from this document)
  2. Click “Upload” to upload the file from your computer to the journal’s web site (your submission will automatically be renamed to follow journal conventions and to mask your information)
  3. Once the submission is uploaded, click “Save and continue”

upload supplementary files

  1. If you have any supplementary files you may add them here (this includes figures and figure legends). These files are also indexed by the author, identifying their relation to the submission, as well as their ownership.
  2. Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it
  3. Click “Open” on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page
  4. 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
  5. Once the submission is uploaded, click “Save and continue”

confirm your submission

With the previous four steps of the submission process completed, click “Finish Submission” to submit your manuscript. You will receive an acknowledgement by email and will be able to view your submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web site.