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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 submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The manuscript is written in English and has been checked for language issues (spelling, grammer, vocabulary use).
  • The submission includes a 'Cover Letter' written according to the instructions provided in the 'Guide for Authors'. 
  • The manuscript contains 'CRediT contribution statement'.
  • The manuscript contains a 'Declaration of competing interests' (even if authors have no interests to declare).
  • The manuscipt contains 'Data availability' section describing how the research data and methodology can be accessed by the readers. Alternatively, the authors have explicitely chosen not to share their data/methodology.
  • The manuscript contains 'Acknowledgements' section describing the source of the research funding, referring to earlier works from which the current manuscript derives (e.g. conference presentations or pre-prints), and mentioning other contributors not included in the list of the authors.
  • Where available, DOI/URL links for the references have been provided.
  • The manuscript contains the authors' short biographies and photos.

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