To facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs, submissions are only accepted through the online tracking system. Users from China may encounter problems when trying to register. This is due to a blocking of the Google captcha service, that protects the website from spam accounts. In this case, please contact email@example.com. We will create an account for you manually, so you can proceed to submit your work.
Submissions by anyone else but one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the manuscript during submission and the peer-review process. Please list the names of all authors in the same order they appear on the manuscript. A valid email address has to be entered for each author. These addresses will not be published online but need to be archived together with the manuscript. The co-authors will receive automated notifications upon submission of the manuscript and when the editorial decision is made. Only substantial contributors to the manuscript or the science presented therein should be named as authors.
Along with their manuscript, the authors have to submit suggestions for at least three reviewers. Full names, affiliations and email addresses are to be included. Co-workers employed by the same institution as the submitting author or former co-authors should not be named as reviewers.
If problems occur during the online submission, the author can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support. You can pause the submission process and resume it later. However, incomplete submissions will be deleted after 30 days.
The submitting author will be asked to agree to the following terms on behalf of all co-authors:
- 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.
The submitting author can track the processing stage and the date of the last changes of their manuscript online. These stages are:
Unassigned - no editor was assigned yet
In review - an editor is assigned and carries out the initial editorial review, followed by invitation of external reviewers, then waiting for reviews to arrive, decision making on the manuscript, and finally awaiting a revised version from the authors
Copyediting – the accepted manuscript is checked for adherence to the journal style.
In production - typesetting, proofreading by authors, finalizing the PDF, registration of the DOI, online publication
Archived - the manuscript is either rejected or published and no longer in progress
All submitted manuscripts are initially evaluated by an editor. This includes a short review of the topic, the experimental setup and the language. If the manuscript passes the initial evaluation, it will be sent to peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors. The final decision is made by the responsible editor based on the reviews and their own opinion of the manuscript. The reviewers' comments will be provided to the author along with the editorial decision.
Revisions should be completed within six weeks if the editor decides that a minor revision of a manuscript is required. After this period, the author will be reminded once before the original submission will be declined and archived. If a major revision is required and additional experiments and thus more time are needed, please inform the responsible editor ahead of time.
Production and publication
After copyediting, the manuscript is sent to typesetting. The author will be asked to proofread the galley. Corrected proofs must be returned to the layout editor within 5 business days of receipt. The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. Therefore, it is important that the manuscript and figures comply with the journal's guidelines for formatting and style.
The author will be informed when the final article is published online.