Terms and conditions


Copyright Notice

The Journal owns the copyright, however, authors may use their own material elsewhere provided acknowledgement is made to the journal as the original place of publication.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Competing interests

Please declare any affiliations or relationships that could be viewed as potentially competing interests. This information will be published with the final manuscript, if accepted, so please make sure that this is accurate and as detailed as possible.

Financial disclosure

Please disclose your funders and the role they played in your manuscript. This information will be published with the final manuscript, if accepted, so please make sure that this is accurate and as detailed as possible. Please clearly describe the role played by the funder in development and design of the research and that of the manuscript.

Ethics statement

You must provide an ethics statement if your study made use of human or vertebrate animal subjects and/or tissue. The text in this field should exactly match the text of the ethics statement in the body of your paper; we recommend that you cut and paste your paper’s ethics statement into this field.

Dual publications

Please explain whether any of the elements of your paper have ever been published anywhere before. If so, we may have to consider copyright issues, so it is very important that you provide this information in full.

Do NOT submit the same article if it has been published elsewhere.