Submission Checklist

The Submission Checklist is also available in Chinese and as a PDF document .

Use our submission checklist to ensure you’ve covered everything you need to do before you begin the process of submitting your article to us.

Our free pre-submission Preflight tool will cover many of the items on the list below for you. when you upload a Microsoft Word version of your manuscript.

Does your article meet the aims and scope of the journal you are submitting to? 

Do you know what type of article you wish to submit? 

Have you prepared a PDF of the complete manuscript? 

Do you know the peer review model for the journal you are submitting to? If single-anonymous then your PDF of the complete manuscript will need to contain the names and institutes of authors at the start of the text. Figures and tables also need to be included within the text. If double-anonymous then you”ll need to anonymise your manuscript .

 Is the abstract clear enough for potential reviewers to assess if the article is in their area of expertise? Read our guide to abstracts to help you

Is your article clearly written, concise and accessible? To help with this you can use our free pre-submission Preflight

Do you know the names and up to date email addresses, ORCID IDs and affiliations of all co-authors (if less than 20)? 

Have you listed all references you’ve used? Check our style guide for help and the journal guidelines if you are unsure. 

Have you clearly cited any adapted/reproduced material in your figure/table captions? Any necessary permissions for reused material will need to be obtained before the acceptance stage. 

Do you have any supplementary data/material to include with the submission? 

Have you considered the ethical policy for the journal you are submitting too? If your manuscript contains experimentation involving humans or animals, or contains images of people, you will need to ensure you have provided an ethical statement and met the conditions of the journal’s ethical policy

Have you considered the research data policy for the journal you are submitting to? 

Do you have an ORCID iD

If you’ve covered all of the above, you’re ready to submit your article to one of our journals.