Key journal policies
Open access policy
All articles will be published with immediate open access . All content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are able to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal for non-commercial purposes without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author under the following terms:
- Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- Non-Commercial : You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
An article processing charge of £250 GB pounds is payable by authors on acceptance of their manuscript. Authors also may pay in US dollars or Euros (these options will be available when paying online). US dollar and euro prices may vary with the exchange rates at the time of payment.
There are no submission charges.
There is no charge for colour figures.
Articles will be usually be published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC).4
However, if stipulated by the author’s funding organization, the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY) may be used.
Copyright remains with the author (or the author’s employer if the employer has claimed the copyright).
Peer review policy
All articles will be peer-reviewed (double blind peer review) by Editorial Board Members or referees in the appropriate specialty. The editors aim to review all submissions within three weeks.
Authors may recommend suitable referees. A referee selected by the Journal will always be consulted.
This journal endorses the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Code of Conduct and Guidelines and will pursue cases of suspected research and publication misconduct including plagiarism. In such cases, the journal will follow the processes set out by COPE. For more information about COPE please visit the COPE website at www.publicationethics.org.
Guidelines for authors
Please refer to our Guidelines for Authors for full details of journal policies.