Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply log in and begin the 5 step process.

Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT)

In an effort to provide appropriate credit to all individuals involved in the research and its related activities, our journal has adopted the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT). This high-level taxonomy consists of 14 distinct roles typically played by contributors to scholarly outputs. We invite you to assign these roles among the authors of your submission accordingly.

The CRediT roles are as follows:

  1. Conceptualization: Ideas; formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims.
  2. Data Curation: Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data for initial use and later re-use.
  3. Formal Analysis: Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data.
  4. Funding Acquisition: Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication.
  5. Investigation: Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection.
  6. Methodology: Development or design of methodology; creation of models.
  7. Project Administration: Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution.
  8. Resources: Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools.
  9. Software: Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components.
  10. Supervision: Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team.
  11. Validation: Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs.
  12. Visualization: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/data presentation.
  13. Writing – Original Draft: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation).
  14. Writing – Review & Editing: Critical review, commentary or revision - including pre- or post-publication stages.

Please carefully consider and assign these roles to each author, providing a clear understanding of their individual contributions. The correct attribution of these roles not only ensures accurate recognition of each author’s contribution but also brings transparency and accountability to the scholarly work published.

We look forward to your submission.