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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.

  1. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format and does not exceed 10,000 words (Research Articles, incl. abstract and bibliography) or 5,000 words (Analyses, incl. abstract and bibliography) respectively.
  2. I have read the Guidelines for Authors and will revise the manuscript accordingly if the submission is accepted.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided (incl. date of access).

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1. They are authorised by their co-authors to enter into these arrangements.

2. The submitted manuscript is original and has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, thesis or working paper), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all the authors and that the authors have full authority to enter into this agreement.

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4. Their manuscript contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy.

5. They certify that they have secured the informed consent of all informants to publish, quote and/or refer to the informants themselves and the information the informants directly or indirectly provided to the authors. The authors hence further declare that no information disclosed within their manuscript constitutes a breach of the informants’ personal rights.

6. In the event that the parties to this agreement, either individually or collectively, are held responsible for damages or the costs of a legal process undertaken by a third party as a result of the authors’ actions under points 1, 2, 3, and 4, the authors agree to release the publisher from the claims of the third party and to compensate the publisher for any resulting legal costs.

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