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Submission guidelines

Our 3-step submission process

  1. Before you submit

    Now you’ve identified a journal to submit to, there are a few things you should be familiar with before you submit.

  2. Ready to submit

    To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these policies and formatting guidelines.

  3. Submit and promote

    After acceptance, we provide support so your article gains maximum impact in the scientific community and beyond.

    Please note that manuscript can only be submitted by an author of the manuscript and may not be submitted by a third party. 

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    155 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    152 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

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    337 Altmetric mentions (2021)

Funding your APC

Open access funding and policy support by SpringerOpen​​

​​​​We offer a free open access support service to make it easier for you to discover and apply for article-processing charge (APC) funding. Learn more here

Institutional membership

Visit the membership page to check if your institution is a member and learn how you could save on article-processing charges (APCs).