Ready to Submit?

We’ve designed our submission process to be as simple as possible – on average it takes authors just four minutes to complete a submission to one of our journals – but before you begin, here are some questions to consider to help you prepare.

Have you chosen a journal

You can read our guide to choosing a journal for more details on the titles we publish.

Have you read the author guidelines

You can find the specific guidelines for a journal via the ‘Author Guidelines’ link that appears on each journal page on You should ensure that you have reviewed these carefully and that your manuscript meets the requirements.

    Do you have the necessary files 

    Prior to submission, you should format your manuscript as either a PDF (.pdf) or Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) document so they can be easily and quickly uploaded. Figures and tables should be included within the document. You will need to provide the original editable files if your manuscript is accepted.

      Do you have your co-authors’ details 

      ​​​​​​At the time of submission, you will need to provide the full name, email address, affiliation and country of every author listed on your manuscript.

        Do you have an ORCID 

        If you already have an ID, you will be asked to provide it. If you haven’t registered with ORCID yet, we’ll help you create a new ID at the point of submission.

          Are you able to cover the cost of publishing 

          You don’t need to pay anything at the time of submission, but an Article Processing Charge (APC) will be applied if your manuscript is accepted for publication. This will usually be covered by your institution or funder, however you should ensure that arrangements have been made prior to submission. You can find details about the charges via the ‘Article Processing Charges’ link that appears on every journal website. 

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