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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the file.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The author has indicated (on the manuscript title page) which theme the manuscript follows: either discovery, documentation, or development.

Submit your manuscript using the online submission method. Please read the following instructions carefully; manuscripts that do not follow the guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for revision.

The submission must include a cover sheet listing the title, running title, author’s names, affiliations, and contact details for every individual. The cover page must also identify the type of submission empirical or review and Discovery, Documentation, or Development. All pages must be numbered with page numbers in the top right of each page. All lines must also be numbered. Sections must be labeled in bold and subsections underlined (i.e. Methods, Study Site). The Literature Cited, Figure Legends (on a separate page from actual figures), Figures, and Tables should also be within the same document at the end of the manuscript. Please do not embed Figures to Tables within the main sections of the text. Please use numbers within the text (in parentheses) in the order of occurrence to identify citations with a comma between instance sources. For example, the general value of citations and impact factors is both vigorously discussed and often contested (1,2,3,4). Please structure the Literature cited as follows:

Lawrence PA (2007). The mismeasurement of science. Current Biology 17: 583-585.

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