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Article types

When you submit to a journal you will be asked to select an article type for your manuscript. The most common article types are

Reports of high-quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field
Outstanding concise articles, reporting important, new and timely developments. These articles should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission
Special issue article
Invited articles, which will form a special collection of papers on a specific theme. When asked to select 'Article Type' on the submission system, please select 'Special Issue Article'. Then select the special issue you're submitting to in the drop down box that appears
Topical review
Written by leading researchers in their fields, these articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, and the current state of the art. Topical review articles are normally invited by the Editorial Board
Comment or criticism on (the final, published Version of Record) work previously published in the journal. If the Comment is deemed appropriate, the author(s) of the original article will be invited to submit a Reply.
An article to correct an omission or error in an author’s article.
Additional information for work previously published in the journal, usually written by the original author(s). The content is considered insufficient for a research article.