Submission guidelines

Instructions for Authors

GeroScience publishes original research manuscripts, review articles, minireviews, commentaries and other invited content related to research into the biology of aging, pathophysiology of age-related diseases and research on biomedical applications that impact aging and/or the pathogenesis of diseases associated with old age, including advances in basic and translational research as well as observational studies, clinical trials, epidemiology, and outcomes studies. The scope of articles to be considered covers the whole spectrum of geroscience and include physiology/pathophysiology, geriatrics/gerontology, neuroscience, biochemistry, pathology, molecular and cell biology, biophysics, genetics, genomics, proteomics, epigenetics and relevant sub-fields of endocrinology, immunology, pharmacology, neurology, cardiovascular medicine, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and psychology. GeroScience is especially interested in manuscripts developing innovative pharmacological, genetic or nutritional strategies to improve cardiovascular, neurocognitive, and musculoskeletal health-span. It welcomes studies using a variety of experimental approaches, including in vivo studies and investigations using isolated tissue preparations and cultured cells. Articles focusing on the intersection of aging research, nutritional sciences and alternative and complementary medicine are considered. Articles concerning veterinary sciences (e.g. studies on age-related pathologies of companion dogs, horses and non-human primates), comparative biology and evolutionary biology are also encouraged. Articles concerning clinical investigations are also considered especially if the results reveal the underlying biological mechanisms of aging (e.g. the role of inflammation, senescence or oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of age-related diseases). Studies must reflect more than issues related to the care and treatment of geriatric patients. Papers concerned with social, economic, and political issues of aging will generally not be considered unless they relate directly to biomedical gerontology. Submitted manuscripts are examined by the editorial staff and editors, and a decision is made whether to refer the manuscript for external peer review. In order to provide a rapid response to authors, manuscripts that are not likely to receive a priority sufficient for publication in GeroScience will not be referred for external peer review and will be returned after initial screening. Manuscripts rejected without review comprise the majority of submissions given the current acceptance rate of ~25% of submitted original research articles. Manuscripts sent for review that receive an initial favorable response will undergo independent statistical review and/or figure review, when appropriate. The editors will not discuss a decision about a manuscript over the phone. All rebuttals must be submitted in writing to the editorial office.

The authors are requested to avoid references to previously published articles in the journal, which could be construed as excess journal self-citation.

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Manuscript Submission

Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Permissions

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Online Submission

Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.

How to submit to GeroScience

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically. Before proceeding to the online submission site, please prepare your manuscript according to the instructions below. When your manuscript is ready for submission, please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Article Types

Research Articles

Original research articles present important new research results including the entire contents of a research project. Research articles include an abstract, an introduction, methods and results sections, a discussion, and relevant citations. Inclusion of links to data supplements and source data are permitted. Articles are peer-reviewed.

Review Articles

Review articles provide synthesis of state-of-the-art knowledge in a defined area highlighting new questions and pointing to future research directions. They encompass examination of biological processes, systems, and models, and technologies for their study. The primary purpose is to educate readers by providing a comprehensive view of completed works presented in a concise, unified format; however, appropriate inclusion of unpublished data is permissible. Utilization of figures is encouraged. Typically, reviews are invited and all are peer-reviewed. For non-solicited reviews presubmission enquiries to the editors are encouraged. Review articles must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by relevant original research published by the author(s) in leading biomedical journals.

Editorials

Editorials provide commentary by the Editor, Associate Editors, and other scientists and experts on issues related to the Journal's mission as well as of general interest to our readers. Unsolicited editorials will be considered for publication. Acceptance will reside with the editors. Editorials must be authored by experts in the field under discussion.

Editorial Focus

Editorial Focus articles are commentaries on papers of unusual interest published in the journal that were chosen by the Editor to be highlighted. They should describe the most important conclusions of the paper; place the paper into context with the current state-of-the-art; highlight controversial issues; when relevant, denote strengths and weaknesses of the paper; and review questions that remain to be addressed. Editorial Focus articles must be authored by experts in the field under discussion. The suggested length of Editorial Focus manuscripts is 1,000 words in the main text plus 1 or 2 figures and ~10 references.

Perspectives

This category of article serves as a forum in which to disseminate new and original lines of thinking in geroscience. These short articles go beyond the scope of invited reviews and should present original ideas that can be derived from our current knowledge base. Some Perspectives articles may challenge current dogma and will be considered for publication based on the scientific merit of the argument presented. These Perspective articles will be subject to peer review. Some articles will be invited, but unsolicited articles are welcome. Perspectives must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by original research published by the author(s) in leading biomedical journals. In all cases, determining whether a proposed Perspective is within scope and acceptable for publication is a matter committed to the discretion of the editors. These articles should be about 1,500 words long, excluding references, and may include two figures.

Innovative Methodology

Geroscience research depends crucially on the development of new methods of data collection and analysis. Additionally, due to the interdisciplinary nature of geroscience researchers often have to adapt methodologies new to their line of research. Manuscripts submitted under this category should describe in details methods for the recording, collection, and/or analysis of data relevant to understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms of aging and the pathogenesis of age-related diseases. The scope of the manuscript includes novel techniques, innovative applications of existing techniques, and gold standard protocols in the physical and life sciences. Detailed text protocols with explanatory drawings and photographs (e.g. surgery techniques for heterochronic blood exchange, intravital imaging etc) are required, which facilitate scientific reproducibility and productivity. Manuscripts will be reviewed taking into consideration the following criteria:

• The novelty of a new method.

• The manuscript must describe the method in sufficient detail to enable others to implement or replicate the method or procedure.

• The manuscript should carefully describe the advantages and disadvantages of the new method, with its limitations and strengths laid out clearly for the reader.

• The manuscript must illustrate the use of the method to demonstrate that it actually works. It is not necessary to use the method in an extensive study of a biological problem, but a "proof of principle" demonstration is required. Where possible, the method should be applied to real geroscience research.

• Manuscripts should be of the length required to meet these criteria. Extensive technical details are encouraged to be described to help others wishing to implement the technique.

Mini-Reviews

Mini-Reviews are concise, punchy, and up-to-the-minute summaries of important new and emerging fields. The purpose of Mini-Reviews is to introduce readers to advances and trends in interdisciplinary geroscience research that are outside their own area of expertise. Mini-Reviews should provide a synthesis of new areas of geroscience in a manner that is accessible to nonspecialists in the field. They should focus on advances in the past 1-3 years, although some historical context is permissible. It is suggested that the manuscript be approximately 3,000 words, excluding references, with 1-3 figures and/or tables. There is no formal limit on the number of references. The inclusion of previously published figures is permitted provided that permission is obtained from the copyright holder and the source is acknowledged. Inclusion of unpublished data is also permissible. Authors are encouraged to use figures to summarize biological processes. Typically, Mini-Reviews are invited although presubmission enquiries to the editors are encouraged. All Mini-Reviews are peer-reviewed. Periodically, collections of Mini-Reviews that are in related areas or associated with meetings or symposia will be assembled by the editors in 'Special Issues'.

Systematic reviews

A systematic review answers a defined research question by collecting and summarizing all empirical evidence that fits pre-defined criteria. Systematic reviews include an explicit set of objectives, a search to identify all literature that fits the objectives, an assessment of the validity of the information in the collected literature, and a synthesis of the findings of this literature. Unlike traditional literature reviews that can be biased by incomplete searches of the literature and subjective interpretation of the findings, systematic reviews must include a detailed and comprehensive plan to identify, appraise and synthesize all relevant information on a topic. Typically, Systematic Reviews are invited and all are peer-reviewed.

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) is the defining standard for composing a systematic review (Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG, and Group P. Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses: the PRISMA statement. PLoS Med 6: e1000097, 2009.). Systematic Reviews must adhere to the PRISMA statement and the PRISMA checklist, which is available at: http://www.prisma-statement.org

Often, but not always, systematic reviews include a meta-analysis, or statistical evaluation of the relevant information in the literature on a topic.

Systematic reviews published in GeroScience must adhere to the following criteria:

1. The title of the article must indicate that it is a systematic review or meta-analysis of the literature (e.g., Effects of Dietary or Supplementary Micronutrients on Circulating IGF-1: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis).

2. The article must explicitly state adherence to the PRISMA standard and PRISMA checklist (http://www.prisma-statement.org)

3. Registration of the systematic review in a database such as PROSPERO (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/), if applicable, must be indicated in the article.

4. The search strategy must be explicitly indicated, including databases, years considered, and search terms.

5. The criteria for inclusion and exclusion of articles obtained during the search must be provided.

6. The characteristics of information extracted from articles must be specified.

7. If a meta-analysis is included, the methodology for extracting data from articles and combining results must be defined, as well as confidence intervals and measures of consistency.

8. Risk of bias across studies and limitations of the literature search and analysis must be stated.

Manuscript Submission Requirements

We will consider initial Original Research Article submissions that are not formatted according to GeroScience standards (e.g. papers formatted for submission to Nature or PNAS). The following minimum submission requirements have been developed to reduce the burden on authors of extensive reformatting while ensuring that manuscripts are complete and relatively uniform to allow for consistent and thorough review by editors and reviewers. Accordingly, the initial Original Research Article submission must include a complete list of authors entered into the online submission portal and include all submission files necessary for review (see below). Those papers that are revised or ultimately accepted will be required to be formatted by the authors according to specific GeroScience requirements (ie, title page, abstract, full Methods and material section, references, tables and figures, and disclosures etc). At that stage, please refer to the journal's Revised & Accepted Manuscripts instructions.

Submission Files:

• Manuscript text file. Tables must be embedded within the manuscript.

• Figures should be submitted separately.Please note that only PDF and TIFF files will be allowed for publication.

• Supplemental Files: When submitting supplemental files, please note whether or not they are intended for review purposes only or if they are intended for publication as an online data supplement.

• For all revisions or invited de novo submissions, please note that two additional files are required:

• Response to Reviewers

• Tracked changes and clean versions of the revised manuscript

All Author Information should be collected, including:

• First name, middle initial, and last names

• Affiliations

• E-mail addresses

Manuscript Format:

• Number every page except the title page, including figures, tables, and references. Cite each figure and table in text in numerical order.

• Assemble the manuscript in this order: Title Page, Abstract, Text (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion), Acknowledgments, Sources of Funding, Disclosures, References, Figure Legends, Tables, and Figures.

• References, figures, and tables should be cited in numerical order according to first mention in the text.

• Guidelines & Policies: Manuscripts must conform to "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org).

Title page

Title Page

Please use this template title page for providing the following information.

The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
  • A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s)

If address information is provided with the affiliation(s) it will also be published.

For authors that are (temporarily) unaffiliated we will only capture their city and country of residence, not their e-mail address unless specifically requested.

Abstract

Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

For life science journals only (when applicable)

Trial registration number and date of registration

Trial registration number, date of registration followed by “retrospectively registered”

Keywords

Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Declarations

All manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Declarations'.

If any of the sections are not relevant to your manuscript, please include the heading and write 'Not applicable' for that section.

To be used for non-life science journals

Funding (information that explains whether and by whom the research was supported)

Conflicts of interest/Competing interests (include appropriate disclosures)

Availability of data and material (data transparency)

Code availability (software application or custom code)

Authors' contributions (optional: please review the submission guidelines from the journal whether statements are mandatory)

To be used for life science journals + articles with biological applications

Funding (information that explains whether and by whom the research was supported)

Conflicts of interest/Competing interests (include appropriate disclosures)

Ethics approval (include appropriate approvals or waivers)

Consent to participate (include appropriate statements)

Consent for publication (include appropriate statements)

Availability of data and material (data transparency)

Code availability (software application or custom code)

Authors' contributions (optional: please review the submission guidelines from the journal whether statements are mandatory)

Please see the relevant sections in the submission guidelines for further information as well as various examples of wording. Please revise/customize the sample statements according to your own needs.

Methods

The methods section should provide all the details for the experiments to be reproduced, as needed. We encourage the publication of a detailed, inclusive methods section, instead of an Online Supplement (although additional methods and information may be included in an Online Supplement).

The following information should be included as appropriate:

Use SI units of measure. A more conventionally used measurement may follow in parentheses. Make all conversions before manuscript submission.

Statistics: A subsection on statistics should be included in the Methods section and the measures of variance, such as standard deviation or standard error, should be indicated.

Experimental animals: State the species, strain, number used, and pertinent descriptive characteristics. All studies in animals should be conducted in accordance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, or the equivalent. When describing surgical procedures, identify the preanesthetic and anesthetic agents used and the amounts, concentrations, routes, and frequency of administration of each. For other invasive procedures on animals, report the analgesic or tranquilizing drug used. If none were used, provide justification for exclusion.

Human studies: Indicate that the study was approved by an institutional review board along with the name of the IRB, and that the participants gave written informed consent (or that no informed consent was required). Describe the characteristics of human subjects or patients and indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with institutional guidelines. Please provide sex-specific and/or race/ethnicity-specific data when appropriate in describing the outcomes of epidemiologic analyses or clinical trials, or specifically state that no sex-based or race/ethnicity-based differences were present.

Studies of medications, biologics and devices: Generic names of all therapeutics should be used (trademark names can be included in parantheses).

Text

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).

Manuscripts with mathematical content can also be submitted in LaTeX.

LaTeX macro package (Download zip, 188 kB)

Headings

Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Footnotes

Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.

Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

References

Citation

Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in square brackets. Some examples:

1. Negotiation research spans many disciplines [3].

2. This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman [5].

3. This effect has been widely studied [1-3, 7].

Reference list

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

The entries in the list should be numbered consecutively.

  • Journal article

    Smith JJ. The world of science. Am J Sci. 1999;36:234–5.

  • Article by DOI

    Slifka MK, Whitton JL. Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. 2000; https://doi.org/10.1007/s001090000086

  • Book

    Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.

  • Book chapter

    Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR. Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, Jeon KW, editors. International review of cytology. London: Academic; 1980. pp. 251–306.

  • Online document

    Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. http://www.rsc.org/dose/title of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999.

Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see

ISSN.org LTWA

If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.

For authors using EndNote, Springer provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list.

EndNote style (Download zip, 4 kB)

Tables

  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

Artwork and Illustrations Guidelines

Electronic Figure Submission

  • Supply all figures electronically.
  • Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.
  • For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format. MSOffice files are also acceptable.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
  • Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps.

Line Art

  • Definition: Black and white graphic with no shading.
  • Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines and lettering within the figures are legible at final size.
  • All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) wide.
  • Scanned line drawings and line drawings in bitmap format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.

Halftone Art

  • Definition: Photographs, drawings, or paintings with fine shading, etc.
  • If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves.
  • Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Combination Art

  • Definition: a combination of halftone and line art, e.g., halftones containing line drawing, extensive lettering, color diagrams, etc.
  • Combination artwork should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Color Art

  • Color art is free of charge for online publication.
  • If black and white will be shown in the print version, make sure that the main information will still be visible. Many colors are not distinguishable from one another when converted to black and white. A simple way to check this is to make a xerographic copy to see if the necessary distinctions between the different colors are still apparent.
  • If the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to color in the captions.
  • Color illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel).

Figure Lettering

  • To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
  • Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
  • Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
  • Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
  • Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.

Figure Numbering

  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,"A1, A2, A3, etc." Figures in online appendices (Electronic Supplementary Material) should, however, be numbered separately.

Figure Captions

  • Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
  • Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
  • No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
  • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  • Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.

Figure Placement and Size

  • Figures should be submitted separately from the text, if possible.
  • When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.
  • For large-sized journals the figures should be 84 mm (for double-column text areas), or 174 mm (for single-column text areas) wide and not higher than 234 mm.
  • For small-sized journals, the figures should be 119 mm wide and not higher than 195 mm.

Permissions

If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and that Springer will not be able to refund any costs that may have occurred to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.

Accessibility

In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that

  • All figures have descriptive captions (blind users could then use a text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware)
  • Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colors for conveying information (colorblind users would then be able to distinguish the visual elements)
  • Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1

Please note: All Figure Legends are required to include:

o Statistical tests used

o n value for each condition in every panel

o Sex (for vertebrates) - if not stated as only one sex in the Methods

o Selective, non-uniform, adjustments to digital images (gels, blots, micrographs, etc.)

Electronic Supplementary Material

Springer accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.

Before submitting research datasets as electronic supplementary material, authors should read the journal’s Research data policy. We encourage research data to be archived in data repositories wherever possible.

Submission

  • Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.
  • Please include in each file the following information: article title, journal name, author names; affiliation and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • To accommodate user downloads, please keep in mind that larger-sized files may require very long download times and that some users may experience other problems during downloading.

Audio, Video, and Animations

  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 or 4:3
  • Maximum file size: 25 GB
  • Minimum video duration: 1 sec
  • Supported file formats: avi, wmv, mp4, mov, m2p, mp2, mpg, mpeg, flv, mxf, mts, m4v, 3gp

Text and Presentations

  • Submit your material in PDF format; .doc or .ppt files are not suitable for long-term viability.
  • A collection of figures may also be combined in a PDF file.

Spreadsheets

  • Spreadsheets should be submitted as .csv or .xlsx files (MS Excel).

Specialized Formats

  • Specialized format such as .pdb (chemical), .wrl (VRML), .nb (Mathematica notebook), and .tex can also be supplied.

Collecting Multiple Files

  • It is possible to collect multiple files in a .zip or .gz file.

Numbering

  • If supplying any supplementary material, the text must make specific mention of the material as a citation, similar to that of figures and tables.
  • Refer to the supplementary files as “Online Resource”, e.g., "... as shown in the animation (Online Resource 3)", “... additional data are given in Online Resource 4”.
  • Name the files consecutively, e.g. “ESM_3.mpg”, “ESM_4.pdf”.

Captions

  • For each supplementary material, please supply a concise caption describing the content of the file.

Processing of supplementary files

  • Electronic supplementary material will be published as received from the author without any conversion, editing, or reformatting.

Accessibility

In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your supplementary files, please make sure that

  • The manuscript contains a descriptive caption for each supplementary material
  • Video files do not contain anything that flashes more than three times per second (so that users prone to seizures caused by such effects are not put at risk)

English Language Editing

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should consider:

  • Asking a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
  • Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.
  • Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review. Two such services are provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service and American Journal Experts. Springer authors are entitled to a 10% discount on their first submission to either of these services, simply follow the links below.

English language tutorial

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Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal and does not imply or guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted.

If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication.

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Transparency in authors’ contributions and responsibilities to promote integrity in scientific publication, McNutt at all, PNAS February 27, 2018

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For articles that are based primarily on the student’s dissertation or thesis, it is recommended that the student is usually listed as principal author:

A Graduate Student’s Guide to Determining Authorship Credit and Authorship Order, APA Science Student Council 2006

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