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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file 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 within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting and are requested to submit their manuscript by using the Microsoft Word template.

Manuscript title page must contain:

The type of paper; Manuscript title; Authors names; Affiliations by Department, University, City, ZIP code, Country; e-mail address; ORCID iD; *Correspondence: names, e-mail.

Abstract: a single paragraph of maximum 200 words divided in Background, Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Keywords.

Manuscript main text must contain:

Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgments; Funding and conflict of interest statement; Board review and informed consent statement; References in IEEE citation style by using citation manager.

Tables and/or Figures with Legends must be included in the manuscript main text.

If the articles include figures or tables used in a previously published work and the publisher holds the copyright, the authors need to make sure that they have permission from the journal to reuse those figures/tables. This is required before the submission.

Research and Publication Ethics

Research that involves animals must be conducted according to relevant national legislation on the use of animals for research and must have approval by a properly constituted research ethics committee.

Research that involves human subjects, material, tissues, or data, must be carried out according to the rules of the Declaration of Helsinki of 1975, revised in 2013. According to this declaration, an approval from an ethics committee must be obtained before undertaking the research. Also written informed consent for publication must be obtained from the participating patients.

Excluded from ethics committee approval are retrospective clinical studies and clinical case reports that do not introduce a new intervention but highlight something unusual or just add knowledge. In such case and according to the individual country laws, all patients must be informed about the clinical results and the treatment possibilities (orally and written) and informed consent must be provided.


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