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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another publisher for consideration. Prior publication does not include conference presentations, student theses, or posting to a preprints server (please mention preprints in your Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format and adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If the paper has a large number of references (>50), the authors have used a citation manager, such as Zotero or Endnote, and can provide a citation library, BibTeX file, or JATS XML file to assist with typesetting if accepted.
  • The authors agree that the submission will be submitted to a plagiarism check at a third-party provider and warrant that no author engaged in any form of academic or research misconduct (including but not limited to plagiarism, data falsification and data fabrication) in connection with this submission.
  • If the submission describes research involving human participants or animal subjects, all necessary ethical approvals were obtained and the research was conducted according to applicable standards and guidelines.
  • The authors hold the copyright to the work and, if they have used material from other copyrighted sources, are able to do so as fair dealing under Australian copyright law or have obtained any necessary permissions and licenses.
  • The submitting author has the permission of the all of the other authors to submit the manuscript and warrants that all other authors agree to be authors, in the order listed, and approve of the version that is being submitted.
  • If double-blind review is required to reduce bias or manage an editorial conflict-of-interest, identifying information has been removed from the manuscript and a note has been made in the comments to the editor.
  • Authors agree to editorial decision letters, including full reviewer comments, being confidentially shared with reviewers.
  • Authors agree that, at no stage, is there any obligation for the journal to publish the submission. Either the authors or the journal may decline to proceed to publication for any reason and at any time without penalty.

Author Guidelines

Please view our detailed submission guidelines here. A form to assist authors in generating cover letters is available on the journal's mirror.

Details of all of our publishing policies can be viewed here.

During submission, please complete a License to Publish. To assist authors, particularly corresponding authors/guarantors, in meeting their obligations to ensure the integrity of any submitted work, we strongly encourage authors to complete an internal data audit. Submitting an audit report using the form provided (or equivalent) for publication will make the paper eligible for the highest reviewer scores for methodological soundness, giving authors value research integrity an advantage in editorial selection. Current and historical versions of these documents are also available on Github.

Please use a citation manager, such as Zotero or Endnote, so that your references can be exported to BibTeX for typesetting. We recommend using Zotero because it is free software and will warn you if you are citing a paper that has been retracted. Regardless of which citation manager you use, your reference list will be screened for retracted or problematic papers in the RetractionWatch database using Zotero. If you do not use a citation manager, we ask that you later provide a bib file using a service such as or generating an XML file in Texture.

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