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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 journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript style and formatting

  • Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
  • Units of measurement: Measurements should be given in SI or SI-derived units. 
  • Use generic drug names except when mentioning a specific proprietary preparation.
  • Submit manuscript in Word, 1.5 line spaced, and in Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • Number the pages consecutively starting with the title page.
  • Include headings and subheadings to divide the manuscript into appropriate sections.
  • Place tables, figures, and appendices on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.
  • Do not add text as headers, footers, or footnotes.
  • Except for Editorials and Letters or other exceptions agreed with the Editor-in-Chief, all submissions should be written in the passive voice, not in the first person.
  • Numbers: numbers under 10 are spelled out, except for measurements with a unit (8mmol/l); age (6 weeks old), or lists with other numbers (11 dogs, 9 cats, 4 gerbils).

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