HOW TO PREPARE MANUSCRIPTS
The journal's language is English language. Manuscripts should not exceed for qualitative studies 60 pages and for quantitative studies 50 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures.
For a study to be accepted for publication, approval of at least two referees is required. When referees ask certain changes within the study and if the author(s) disagree(s), s/he may withdraw the manuscript. Communication with referees will be carried out directly electronically and the coordination will be carried out by the Editor and/or subject editor.
You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review.
Ensure that the following items are present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
All necessary files have been uploaded:
• Include keywords
• All figures (include relevant captions)
• All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
• Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
• Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print
The title of your manuscript should be concise, specific and relevant.
The abstract should be a total of about 250 words maximum. The abstract should be a single paragraph and should follow the style of structured abstracts, but without headings: 1) Background: Place the question addressed in a broad context and highlight the purpose of the study; 2) Methods: Describe briefly the main methods or treatments applied. 3) Results: Summarize the article's main findings; and 4) Conclusion: Indicate the main conclusions or interpretations. The abstract should be an objective representation of the article: it must not contain results which are not presented and substantiated in the main text and should not exaggerate the main conclusions.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
The introduction should briefly place the study in a broad context and highlight why it is important. It should define the purpose of the work and its significance, including specific hypotheses being tested. The current state of the research field should be reviewed carefully and key publications cited. Please highlight controversial and diverging hypotheses when necessary. Finally, briefly mention the main aim of the work and highlight the main conclusions. Keep the introduction comprehensible to scientists working outside the topic of the paper.
MATERIALS and METHODS
They should be described with sufficient detail to allow others to replicate and build on published results. New methods and protocols should be described in detail while well-established methods can be briefly described and appropriately cited. Give the name and version of any software used and make clear whether computer code used is available. Include any pre-registration codes.
Provide a concise and precise description of the experimental results, their interpretation as well as the experimental conclusions that can be drawn.
Authors should discuss the results and how they can be interpreted in perspective of previous studies and of the working hypotheses. The findings and their implications should be discussed in the broadest context possible and limitations of the work highlighted. Future research directions may also be mentioned. This section may be combined with Results.
This section is not mandatory, but can be added to the manuscript if the discussion is unusually long or complex.
Figures, Schemes and Tables
Figures, Schemes and Tables must be provided at a sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). Common formats are accepted, however, TIFF, JPEG, EPS and PDF are preferred.
All Figures, Schemes and Tables should be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, Table 1, etc.).
All Figures, Schemes and Tables should have a short explanatory title and caption.
All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but no less than 8 pt. in size. Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables.
Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color (RGB at 8-bit per channel). There is no additional cost for publishing full color graphics.
Conflicts of Interest:
Authors must identify and declare any personal circumstances or interest that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of reported research results. If there is no conflict of interest, please state "The authors declare no conflict of interest."
All authors should give ORCID numbers
In preparing the references, please consider American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide (6th. Edition). You can get more information here:
Citations and References in Supplementary files are permitted provided that they also appear in the main text and in the reference list.
References should be described as follows, depending on the type of work:
Author 1 Surname, A.B., Author 2 Surname, C.D. (Year). Title of the article. Abbreviated Journal Name, Volume, page range, DOI. Available online: URL (accessed on Day Month Year).
Author 1 Surname, A.B., Author 2 Surname, A.B. (Year). Title of the article other than English [Article title in English]. Abbreviated Journal Name, Volume, page range, DOI. Available online: URL (accessed on Day Month Year).
Books and Book Chapters:
Author 1 Surname, A., Author 2 Surname, B. (Year). Book Title, 3rd ed.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, Year; pp. 319–330; ISBN.
Author 1 Surname, A., Author 2 Surname, B. (Year). Title of the chapter. In Book Title, 2nd ed.; Editor 1 Surname, A., Editor 2 Surname, B., Eds.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, Year; Volume 3, pp. 319–330; ISBN.
Unpublished work, submitted work, personal communication:
Author 1 Surname, A.B., Author 2 Surname, C. Title of Unpublished Work. status (unpublished; manuscript in preparation).
Author 1 Surname, A.B., Author 2 Surname, C. Title of Unpublished Work. Abbreviated Journal Name stage of publication (under review; accepted; in press).
Author 1 Surname, A.B. (Year). (University, City, State, Country); Author 2 Surname, C. (Institute, City, State, Country). Personal communication.
Author 1 Surname, A.B., Author 2 Surname, C.D., Author 3 Surname, E.F. (Year). Title of Presentation. In Title of the Collected Work (if available), Proceedings of the Name of the Conference, Location of Conference, Country, Date of Conference; Editor 1, Editor 2, Eds. (if available); Publisher: City, Country, Year (if available); Abstract Number (optional), Pagination (optional).
Author 1 Surname, A.B., Author 2 Surname, A.B. (Year). Title of the article other than English [Article title in English]. Proceedings of the Name of the Conference, Location of Conference, Country, Date of Conference; Editor 1, Editor 2, Eds. (if available); Publisher: City, Country, Year (if available); Abstract Number (optional), Pagination (optional).
Author 1 Surname, A.B. (Year). Title of Thesis. Level of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.
Author 1 Surname, A.B. (Year). Title of Thesis other than English [Title of Thesis in English]. Level of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.
Title of Site. Available online: URL (accessed on Day Month Year).
Unlike published works, websites may change over time or disappear, so we encourage you create an archive of the cited website using a service such as WebCite. Archived websites should be cited using the link provided as follows:
Title of Site. URL (archived on Day Month Year).
Please modify your manuscript according to the article template before upload.