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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 Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. (Page numbers, line numbers, word count, etc.)

Author Guidelines

Scholarly perspectives and commentaries must adhere to these guidelines. Those that do not may be returned to the author for revision. These submissions can be submitted under the "Main Submissions" option.
Short fiction and visual art / photogrpahy can be submitted directly at They will not need to be amenable to the file formats described below. 

Authorship: Each submission must have a corresponding author, who will be available throughout the submission and review process to respond to the editorial inquiries of the journal. The corresponding author is also responsible for ensuring that all who qualify for co-authorship are listed in the submission, and that all co-authors review and approve the manuscript prior to publication.

Length: The maximum length of any text submission is 2000 words (excluding the title, abstract, all figure captions, and references). 

Title: All submissions must have a title (max 15 words) that is descriptive of the work. 

Abstract: All submissions must be accompanied by a short abstract (max 300 words).

File format: To help us maintain a double-blind peer-review process, please ensure your submission meets the following guidelines:

  •  Please submit the entire work (including the abstract, references, and all figures/tables) in one double-spaced Microsoft Word document.

  • Please ensure your submission is fully anonymized to ensure the authors’ identities are concealed from peer reviewers. 

  • Please provide a word count on your submission (excluding the title, all figure captions, and references)

  • Please provide consecutive line numbers on your submission
  • Please insert page numbers in the bottom right corner of the page.

Citation Style:

References should be formatted according to the Vancouver Style.

  • References should be cited in text by number rather than author and date.

  • References should be numbered consecutively in the order of appearance in the manuscript.

  • DOIs should be added for any articles that do not have designated volume and page numbers.


Miller AH, Raison CL. The role of inflammation in depression: from evolutionary imperative to modern treatment target. Nature reviews immunology. 2016;16(1):22-34.

Sambrook J, Fritsch EF, Maniatis T. Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual. 2nd Edition. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; 1989 [cited 2017 Jan 1]. 

Halpen-Felsher BL, Morrell HE. Preventing and reducing tobacco use. Adolescent medicine today: a guide to caring for the adolescent patient. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co.; 2012 [cited 2012 Nov 3]. Chapter 18. Available from:​10.1142/9789814324496_0018

Farrell C. The Role of SecB during Protein Export in Escherichia coli. Ph.D. thesis. The Johns Hopkins University; 1992.

WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer. Latest global cancer data: Cancer burden rises to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018. [cited 2019 Nov 4]. Available from:


  • For images and figures, please provide the highest quality image possible (minimum 300dpi resolution).

  • For review purposes, all images should be included at the end your Word document. If your work is accepted for publication, you may be asked to submit the original images as separate files for production.

  • All images must be numbered in the order in which they are referenced in the main text of the submission, and must include a descriptive caption.

  • Authors agree to determine, prior to publication, whether it is necessary to obtain permissions from any third party who holds rights with respect to any photographs, illustrations, drawings, text, or any other material (“third party work”) to be published in connection with your work. Copyright permission will not be necessary if the use is determined to be fair dealing, if the work is in the public domain, or if the rights-holder has granted a Creative Commons or similar licence. For any third party work included in your submission, please indicate in the caption whether permission is necessary, whether it has been granted, and details about what permissions have been granted.


Submitting your work

All scholarly perspectives and commentaries must be submitted online through our Open Journal System platform. The link can be found at the top of the page. 

Please ensure that all authors on the submission are listed as contributors in the OJS Metadata form. All authors listed in OJS will receive an email notification acknowledging the submission. 

For a tutorial on how to submit your files, please visit:  (See Section 9: Authoring). If you require additional assistance, please contact our support staff at

All short fiction and visual art / photogrpahy can be directly submitted to

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