Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 has it been submitted elsewhere (or an explanation has been provided in the "Comments to editors" section).
- The text meets the bibliographic and style requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines below.
- The file is in one of the following formats: .RTF, .doc(x).
- The pictures, if there are any, are attached as additional files in one of the following formats: JPG, PNG or TIFF.
- Web addresses have been added in the references list whenever possible.
- The text is single-spaced; the font size is 12 points; italics are used instead of underlining (except for URL addresses); all illustrations, figures and tables are within the text where they belong and not at the end.
If you are submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, you need to ensure that the instructions in Ensuring a blind review have been followed.
Keynote articlesKeynote articles are invited articles that will be openly reviewed or receive open replies. They do not require peer review.
SquibsA squib is a short article (max 500 words) that presents some interesting observation or unexpected data generalization, but does not provide an analysis for them.
Copyright NoticeAuthors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright.
- The texts published in this journal are – unless indicated otherwise – covered by the Creative Commons Spain Attribution 4.0 licence. You may copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work, provided you attribute it (authorship, journal name, publisher) in the manner specified by the author(s) or licensor(s). The full text of the licence can be consulted here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
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