Pre-submission checklist

Before submitting the manuscript, every author needs to ensure all these mentioned below. This will also minimize chances of rejection.

Author information:

  • Information of all co-authors to be provided
  • Information while submitting and in the Manuscript should match

Manuscript length and formatting:

  • Ø  Abstract- in the proper format and required length
  • Key messages provided?


  • Tables- to be cited within the text of the article
  • Tables to be placed within the article
  • Table legends to be provided
  • Too lengthy Tables/Supplementary Files should not be uploaded


  • Figures to be provided in acceptable format
  • Figure quality as specified
  • Figures to be labelled appropriately
  • Figures to be cited within the text of the article
  • Figure legends to be provided
  • Figures to be uploaded separately


All references to be cited within text of the article

Supplementary files and appendices:

  • Submissions to be in acceptable format
  • Need to be cited within text of the article


  • Statements about Contributorship
  • Statement for Competing Interest
  • Statement for Data Sharing
  • Statement for Ethical Approval

Research reporting checklists:

Have you either provided the appropriate statement for your study type, or explained why a checklist isn’t required?


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