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Submission guidelines

Our 3-step submission process

  1. Before you submit

    Now you’ve identified a journal to submit to, there are a few things you should be familiar with before you submit.

  2. Ready to submit

    To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these policies and formatting guidelines.

  3. Submit and promote

    After acceptance, we provide support so your article gains maximum impact in the scientific community and beyond.

    Please note that manuscript can only be submitted by an author of the manuscript and may not be submitted by a third party. 

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    51 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    78 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    198 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    3.067 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.441 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.128 - SNIP (Source-Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.935 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    Usage 
    2,299,334 Downloads (2021)
    351 Altmetric Mentions

Peer-review Terminology

  • The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

    Identity transparency: Single anonymized

    Reviewer interacts with: Editor

    Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

    More information is available here

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