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Does "Information for Authors" appear in print?

Yes, at the last pages of all the print issues of each volume.

What is the limit on the number of authors for an original research/Review article?

There is no limit on the number of authors for the manuscripts.

What is the limit on the number of pages for an original research/Review article?

No article should exceed more than 15 pages unless necessary.

How many figures and tables may I include?

Original research articles should have no more than 5 figures and tables

May I send you my manuscript in my native language?

We accept manuscripts written in English Language only.


I'm planning to present the abstract of my article at a conference. Will that constitute prior publication?

No. Presentation at a scientific conference will not jeopardize your chances of publishing in the Journal.

What if there are journalists at the conference and they write about my abstract presentation? Can I answer their questions about my presentation?

Journalists may write about your presentation, and you may answer their questions while at or immediately following the meeting. Their coverage of your presentation will not jeopardize your chances of publishing in the Journal.


It is our policy to ask all contributors to transfer the copyright in their contribution. There are two broad reasons for this:

  • Ownership of copyright by the journal owner facilitates international protection against infringement of copyright, libel or plagiarism;
  • It also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it, in either print or electronic form, are handled efficiently in accordance with our general policy which encourages dissemination of knowledge within the framework of copyright.


As I retained rights as an author

As an author, you retain many rights and in the following cases you will not need to obtain specific permission, although you should provide the usual acknowledgements regarding copyright and give a full bibliographic reference. You have the right to:

  • Reuse figures, illustrations and tables from the Contribution in other work prepared by yourself;
  • Make copies (without charge) of the Contribution for personal use, including classroom teaching use (but not for inclusion in course pack material for onward sale by libraries and institutions);
  • Make and distribute copies of the Contribution to colleagues, for the personal use by such colleagues (but not commercially or systematically, e.g. via an e-mail list or list serve);
  • Present the Contribution at a meeting or conference and to distribute copies to the delegates attending the meeting;
  • Patent and trademark rights and rights to any process or procedure described in the Contribution;
  • Use the Contribution or any part thereof in a printed compilation of works of the author, such as collected writings or lecture notes (subsequent to publication of the Contribution in the journal);
  • Prepare other derivative works, to extend the Contribution into book-length form, or to otherwise re-use portions or excerpts in other works authored by you (subsequent to publication of the Contribution in the journal);
  • For the author's employer, if the article is a 'work for hire', made within the scope of the author's employment, the right to use all or part of the Contribution for other intra-company use (e.g. training).

Must all authors sign the Copyright Assignment Form?

It is necessary to make signature of all authors. The Copyright Assignment Form states that in signing the form, that corresponding author and all co-authors have approved the manuscript of the Article in the form in which it has been submitted; and that they have read and agreed the terms of the Copyright Assignment Form.

Can I send a faxed copy of the Copyright Assignment Form?

Ideally we should receive the original. However, we are prepared to accept faxes, as well as scanned PDF copies of the signed Copyright Assignment Form (but not digital signatures inserted into a file).

What do I need to do about using previously published material?

Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Add your acknowledgements to the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgements section at the end of the contribution. Credit the source and copyright of photographs or figures in the accompanying captions.

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