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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 authors adhere to the policies of SCP
  • 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 authors agree that their manuscript is screened for plagiarism with the then offered version of Crossref's Similarity Check, currently iThenticate.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines.
  • Where available URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided in the reference list.
  • The submission contains information on how the underlying data and other material can be accessed (data availability statement).
  • The submission contains a statement on authors' contributions according to the CreDIT guidelines.
  • The submission contains a statement on competing interests: authors need to declare competing interests and also must explicitly state if they have no competing interests.
  • The authors are aware that if the manuscript gets accepted, the published article/contribution and its metadata will be distributed to various search engines, data bases, and abstracting and indexing (A&I) services.
  • Moreover, its metadata (including abstract and references) will be sent to Crossref during the DOI registration process. Crossref makes all metadata available through APIs.

Author Guidelines

Before submitting a manuscript authors should read the following guidelines carefully:

  • The primary responsibility of an author is to present their research findings accurately and concisely and to discuss its significance objectively.
  • The author list must only contain persons who contributed significantly (in a scientific sense) to the presented work. Likewise, all persons who made such contribution must be included. Acknowledgements can be included in a dedicated section in the manuscript.
  • The manuscript needs to explain in adequate detail the data and methods used in the research, permitting other scientist to replicate the work. Authors need to adhere to the journal’s policy on data and other underlying material (see data policy).
  • Authors should cite publications that have been relevant to their work and that connect readers to related research and help them to understand the presented work. Privately collected information, such as in conversation, correspondence or other interactions with third parties, should not be used or published in the author's work without explicit permission. Sometimes a critique of a published paper may be justified; however, personal critique is not deemed acceptable in either situation.
  • “Salami” publications (i.e. redundant publication) are not permitted.
  • Authors need to take care about correct spelling and grammar.
  • Authors need to obtain the reproduction permissions for any previously published material (e.g. tables and figures).
  • Authors must disclose any competing interest.
  • Authors are not permitted to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously.
  • The manuscript has to be original and thus has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed publication, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights.
  • Errors obtained after publication must be communicated to the journal as soon as possible.

Authors need to use the Word or LatTeX template provided by TIB Open Publishing.


Please capitalize all major words in the title/heading, including the second part of hyphenated major words (e.g., Self-Report not Self-report). Please also capitalize all words of four letters or more.


Each author should register an ORCID and the ORCIDs of all authors should be included in the manuscript.


The abstract should summarize the contents of the paper in short terms, i.e. in up to 250 words.


Please capitalize the keywords.

Sections and subsections

Three levels of headlines may be used. Please notice that there is no indent in the first paragraph of a section or subsection. There also no indent in the first paragraphs which follow a table, figure, equation, etc. Nevertheless, paragraphs following other text paragraphs are indented. Please only use the formatting styles predefined in the template. Use the “Standard” formatting for the text. The paragraph format is justified. Please use hyphenation. Please do not use footnotes.

  • Bullet points may be used
  1. Numbering may be used, too.
  2. However, please do not use roman numbers.

After the academic part of the paper, all contributions must includethe following sections before the references:

Data availability statement
Please include a statement on how the data supporting the results of your article/contribution can be accessed. If the submission is not based on data or the data it is based on is restricted (third-party data, legal or ethical constraints), this has to be explained in the data availability statement, too. Ideally, data should be deposited in a FAIR-aligned public repository. A registry to find suitable data repositories is Reciprocal linking of data and the article/contribution through persistent identifiers (e.g. DOIs) is best practice.

Underlying and related material
If you have other material which supports your findings (e.g. model code) or is closely related to your article/contribution (e.g. supplementary material (videos, samples, etc.) deposited on a repository, please include a brief description and the respective DOI(s) here.

Author contributions
Please include a statement on authors' contributions according to the CreDIT guidelines here. .CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy)’s intention is to recognize individual author con-tributions, reduce authorship disputes, and facilitate collaboration.

Competing interests
Competing interests arise when issues outside research may fairly be viewed as impacting the work's neutrality. All potential competing interests must be disclosed (“The authors declare the following competing interests: …”). If there are no potential competing interests please state “The authors declare no competing interests.”

Please insert funding statement (in applicable) here.

If you want to acknowledge persons or institutions you can do so here.


Centered table captions should be placed above the tables. Tables themselves should be centered. Please do not merge cells in tables. Please do not use in-line math in table captions.


Equations should be centred and set on a separate line. All equations need to be numbered 1-n. Please do not use 1a, 1b…

In addition to the equations in the text, Authors must provide in-line math and equations formatted in KaTeX in a separate file. In this file, equations must be numbered as in the Word document.


A centered figure caption is always placed below the illustration. In addition to the embedded figures in the Word file, figure must be submitted as separate jpeg or png. files.


For citations of references, we prefer the use of square brackets and consecutive numbers, e.g. “as shown by Author et al. [2], [3, pp. 5–10]”, “as mentioned earlier [1], [3], [9]”. The first reference mentioned must be [1], the second reference mention [2] etc. Please do not use reference linking in Word.


If available, DOIs must be provided. The bibliography below provides the basic formats as a reference list with entries for journal articles [1], book chapter [2], as well as a URL [3]. For further guidance please refer to Please do not forget that data (and other material underpinning the findings) need to be cited in the text and the respective reference must be included in the manuscript’s reference list. Please refer to the data citation principles of FORCE11 or the FORCE11 software citation principles, respectively.

  1. K. Author, “Name of paper,” Abbrev. Title of Journal , vol.x, no.x, pp. xxx–xxx, Abbrev. month, year, doi:……
  2. K. Author, “Title of chapter in the book,” in Title of Their Published Book, xth ed. City of Publisher, (only U.S. State), Country: Abbrev. of Publisher, year, ch. x, sec. x, pp. xxx–xxx.
  3. First Name Initial(s) Last Name. “Page Title.” Website Title. Web Address (date accessed)

Privacy Statement

The user (author, editor, or reviewer) agrees to the processing of his/her personal data provided to Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) in accordance with the data protection declaration and the infosheet data protection. The data is processed exclusively by TIB in order to provide the service of TIB Open Publishing.

Confidentiality Agreement [1]

During the publishing process you will have access to personal data such as name, contact data, institutional affiliation, possibly preffered public name, email signature, telephone number, postal address, profile picture, short biography, URL of homepage, ORCID and publication-related information.

The principles of Article 5 (1) GDPR must be observed:

Personal data

  • may only be processed if the data subject has given consent or if a statutory provision so permits. The processing must be comprehensible for the data subject ("transparency").
  • may only be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes. They may not be further processed for any other purpose unless this is explicitly permitted ("purpose limitation").
  • may only be processed in the amount and to the extent appropriate and necessary for the purpose ("data minimisation").
  • must be accurate and, as far as possible, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that data that are inaccurate are erased or rectified without delay ('accuracy').
  • may only be stored for the amount of time necessary to achieve the purpose of storage and must then be anonymised or erased ("storage limitation").
  • must be protected by technical and organisational measures in such a way as to ensure appropriate security against unauthorised or unlawful processing or loss/destruction/damage ("integrity and confidentiality").  
  • may only be processed in accordance with the instructions of the Controller (TIB or external client). In addition to individual instructions from superiors, these may also be includeded in process descriptions, flow charts, works agreements, general service instructions as well as company documentation and manuals.

This Agreement shall continue to apply after the termination of the activity.

I confirm to be bound by this Agreement.

[1] Art. 5 GDPR, Lower Saxony Data Protection Act (NDSG) of 16 May 2018 as amended from time to time.