Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

  • The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
  • Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.
  • Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.
  • The authorship of research publications:
  • should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
  • should follow criteria for authorship and acknowledgement to be agreed at the start of the project. Ideally, authorship criteria within a particular field should be agreed, published and consistently applied by research institutions, professional and academic societies, and funders.
  • should include only those individuals who meet authorship criteria (i.e. made a substantial contribution to the work) and should not omit deserving authors such as ghost authors.
  • Should prevent including individuals who do not meet the authorship criteria such as: guest authors who are listed because of their seniority, reputation or supposed influence; gift authors who are listed as a personal favour or in return for payment.
  • Requires that all authors agree to be listed and approve the submitted and accepted versions of the publication. Any change to the author list should be approved by all authors including any who have been removed from the list. The corresponding author should act as a point of contact between the editor and the other authors and should keep co-authors informed and involve them in major decisions about the publication (e.g. responding to reviewers’ comments).
  • should not be confused with acknowledgements that could misleadingly imply a contribution or endorsement by individuals who have not, in fact, been involved with the work or given an endorsement.