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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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

AUTHOR IDENTIFICATION: Because JCSDCB uses a double blind, peer-review process it is inappropriate for authors to identify themselves or provide clues to their identity in their manuscripts. The contact author's full name, mailing address, and e- mail address, along with the title of the paper, should appear on the first page. When there are additional authors, provide only names and professional affiliation for those co-authors. 

REFERENCES: Reference citations in the text of the manuscript should be in parentheses, by author's last name and year of publication, for example (Day 1977). If the author's name appears in a sentence the name should be followed by the year, for example, "...Day (1977)..." If a page is cited it should be
noted as follows: (Day 1977, p.26). If a citation has only two authors always use both authors' names (Day and Hunt 1978). If a citation has three or more authors, include all the authors' names the first time the citation appears. After the first appearance use only the name of the first author, for example, an
article by Hunt, Day and Someone would be (Hunt, et al. 1978). In a series of citations in the same location, separate the citations with a semicolon, for example, (Day 1977; Hunt et al. 1978). Works published in the same year by the same author(s) should be differentiated by letters after the date, for
example, Day 1977a; 1977b).


All references cited in the article and ONLY references cited in the article are to be fully listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article, with the first author surname first and other authors' names surname last. Standard reference punctuation is expected. Recent JCS/D&CB articles may be used for examples. First names as well as last names are required except where an author is known by their initial or initials, for example, H. Keith Hunt, not H. K. Hunt, or Ralph L. Day, not R. L. Day.

FOOTNOTES AND ENDNOTES: JCS/D&CB does not permit the use of footnotes. However, endnotes are often warranted and are therefore considered acceptable. Contact the Editor if you have questions about this matter.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Acknowledgements are discouraged but may be used if required and will be placed at the end of the paper following the references section.


SUBMISSION OF FINAL COPY: After a manuscript is accepted and all suggested revisions made, the final manuscript must be submitted as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format. Specific formatting instructions will be provided to the contact author for each accepted article. It is important that these instructions be carefully followed.


CAMERA-READY COPY: Camera-ready art work for any graphics may be requested from the authors after the manuscript is accepted for publication. JCS/D&CB prints with black ink on white paper. No colors other than black ink are allowed. Tables and figures must have a white background. What may be
an attractive color figure in your manuscript could end up as uneven shading in the printed journal. Figures using shading sometimes do not print well.

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