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Editorial policy & originality guidelines

These guidelines are designed to help authors understand acceptable and unacceptable practices and to help promote and protect your work.

Editorial policy

It is our editorial policy to welcome submissions for consideration which are original and not under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

All authors should be aware of the importance of presenting content that is based on their own research and expressed in their own words. As part of our Copyright Policy, we have prepared these guidelines to assist authors in understanding acceptable and unacceptable practice. Our approach is specifically aimed at promoting and protecting authors' work.

The following types of ethical misconduct should be avoided

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Get in touch if you are concerned about plagiarism or want to know more about our approach to handling allegations of misconduct.

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Pre-prints and conference papers policies

We ask you to confirm that your work is original and previously unpublished when you submit, with the exception of some preprint and conference papers.

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Author policies

We have a series of transparent author policies covering your rights, originality, article withdrawal, complaints or pre-prints.

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