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- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
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- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
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When citing others’ (or your own) previous work, please ensure you have:
- Clearly marked quoted verbatim text ("") from another source with quotation marks.
- Attributed and referenced the source of the quotation clearly using in-text citation and a reference is your bibliography.
- Got approval from an author of another source in case of taking any material from his/her manuscript.
Before you submit, make sure that:
- You've read the journal's “Author Guidelines"
- All authors have been named on the paper, and the online submission form.
- All material has been referenced in the text clearly and thoroughly.
- You've obtained permission to reuse any figures, tables, and data sets.
- You've only submitted the paper to one journal at a time.
- You've notified all the co-authors that the paper has been submitted.