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.
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.
Are your figures accessible to all readers?
When creating figures, we strongly encourage authors to be mindful of our visually impaired readers. Instead of using color combinations, we recommend the use of black and white, greyscale, or a monochromatic color scale that can be used to great effect. Alternatively, in some cases, different lines, shapes, or symbols can be used for contrast instead.
If colors are necessary, we advise the following contrasting color combinations instead of red and green (which can be challenging for visually impaired readers to distinguish between):
For three or four color combinations, we recommend using:
There are several tools and services you can use to proof figures in “color blind mode”. This option is available in Photoshop and ImageJ, while Color Oracle is a free, full-screen color blindness simulator that shows how images will look to people with common visual impairments.
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.
Are you submitting a Letter to the Editor?
Hindawi will also consider Letter to the Editor articles for all journals. A Letter to the Editor must comment substantively on a published article within the same journal. All Letters to the Editor are assessed by an Editorial Board Member for the journal; peer review is optional and is at the discretion of the handling editor. General commentary or opinion pieces will not be considered. To submit a Letter to the Editor, please email your article to firstname.lastname@example.org.