Log in is required for the first time user. If you do not have an account, click "Register" and provide the required information. Your user ID should be your email address. If you have an account but forgot your password, click the "Forgot Your Password?" button, and your password will be sent to your email address at your request. To begin, enter your User ID and password into the boxes provided. On the welcome screen, click "Submit a Manuscript" button. Click the "New Submissions" button to submit your new manuscript and follow steps 1-5.
Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract
Choose manuscript type, and enter your title and abstract into the appropriate boxes. Please enter the appropriate Keywords (index terms) to be used for indexing and article searches if the manuscript is published. Manuscript categories must be provided and should be carefully chosen as they will be used to select the section editor and reviewers for your manuscript. If you need to insert a special character, click the "Special Characters" button. If you are submitting a manuscript that does not require an Abstract, please type N/A in the Abstract box. When you are finished, click "Save and Continue."
Step 2. Authors & Institutions
Enter the personal information for the first author in the boxes under "Add the First Author." Please click the appropriate box if the corresponding author is the first author. Enter your co-authors' information in the boxes below, then click "Add to My Authors." To check if an author already exists in the journal's database, enter the author's e-mail address and click "Find." If the author is found, his/her information will be automatically entered. When you are finished, click "Save and Continue."
Step 3: Cover Letter, Details, & Comments
Enter or paste your cover letter text into the "Cover Letter" box below. If you would like to attach a file containing your cover letter, click the "Browse..." button, locate your file, and click "Attach this Cover Letter." Answer any remaining questions appropriately. Please check each item to determine if it is applicable to your manuscript. The items with "*" should not be omitted. If you want to add any comments to the Editor-in-chief, please write in the box. When you are finished, click "Save and Continue."
Step 4: File Upload and PDF Conversion
The manuscript file (main text) should not include authors’ names or affiliations. All text files should be in Microsoft Word format (doc or docx). Do not upload texts files as pdfs. All figures need to be uploaded as separate files in jpg/jpeg format for initial submissions and tif/tiff format for revised manuscripts. Do not embed images in the Word file. Upload as many files as needed for your manuscript in groups of five or fewer. If you have more than five files for your manuscript, after uploading the first five, you will be given the option to upload an additional five files. Continue this process until ALL files have been uploaded. These files will be combined into a single PDF document for the peer review process. Merged files will be created in pdf format. When you are finished, click "Save and Continue."
Step 5: Suggest Reviewers, Preview, & Submit
This is particularly important when the manuscript deals with a highly specialized subject. Use the fields below to provide contact information for each suggested reviewer. Please note that, while the journal might not use your suggestions, your help is appreciated and could speed up the selection of appropriate reviewers.
Review the information in the Preview chart for correctness; make changes if needed. If you have not completed a required step, you will not be able to submit your manuscript.
Once it is submitted, you will be able to monitor the progress of your manuscript through the peer review process.