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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.
  • I assure that all authors listed on the manuscript agreed to this submission and that I am authorized to act on their behalf. All authors have substantially contributed to the manuscript and all contributers are listed as authors.
  • The manuscript has not been published in any other peer-reviewed journal or in a book or edited collection, and is not under consideration for any such publication.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the manuscript guidelines.
  • I accept that the manuscript will be screened for plagiarism and falsified data and I am willing to provide original data to reviewers and editors should the need arise.
  • The manuscript is original work by the authors and does not violate any third-party rights. I have read the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license and agree to them.

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