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Submission guidelines

Our 3-step submission process

  1. Before you submit

    Before you submit, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following.

  2. Ready to submit

    To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these editorial 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.

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Annual journal metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    3.6 - 2-year Impact Factor
    4.4 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.625 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    1.066 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    21 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    214 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    471,734 downloads
    10,315 Altmetric mentions 

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).

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