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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • All authors' names were removed from the document.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word/Open Office or LaTeX file format and uses formatted headers (and levels).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If in English, the submission consistently uses either AE or BE spelling.
  • The abstract does not exceed 150-200 words.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • If applicable, figures are attached as vector-based graphics (e.g., .pdf or .eps) and will be uploaded in the next step.
  • I acknowledge that the editorial office will NOT proofread the submission, but merely format it.

Author Guidelines


You may submit documents in .docx or .tex format. Please additionally submit all figures included in the submission in a vector-based format (e.g., .eps or .pdf). Please include an abstract (200 words) in your submission. Please format headings and sub-headings accordingly, as this will facilitate further editing. Keep in mind that we only number Header Levels 1 and 2. To allow double-blind reviewing, the document must not contain information that allows identification of the authors.

Citation Formats

We expect citations in submissions to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) Style (7th). Submissions in the field of law may use the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

OSM (Online Supplementary Material)

We encourage the inclusion of OSM for reasons of traceability and quality control. You may upload these materials to our repository during the submission process. If you choose not to, you will be asked to state why this is the case and provide an additional statement with your submission, e.g. the availability of supplementary material upon request. Please anonymize all data before upload.


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