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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.

  • All submissions must meet the following requirements.

    • 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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
    • All authors have significantly contributed to the manuscript and all authors approve the submitted manuscript.
    • There is no conflict of interest.
    • The text is written using the Research Direct template and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
    • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.
    • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format using the RDSP template.