All submitted manuscripts should be previously reviewed by the editorial board members. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. The manuscript may not be published in English or any other language, including electronically, in the same form without the written consent of the copyright holder. 


Authors who wish to use figures, tables, or text passages that have been published elsewhere must obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) for both print and online formats and provide proof that such permission has been granted when submitting their articles. Material submitted without such proof will be assumed to originate with the authors.

Source Files

Please ensure that you provide all relevant editable source files with each submission and revision. Failing to submit a complete set of editable source files will result in your article not being considered for review.

Accepted File Formats

Using the following template file will substantially shorten the time to complete copy-editing and publication of accepted manuscripts.  If this is a problem, please contact the editorial Accepted file formats are:

  • Microsoft Word: Manuscripts prepared in Microsoft Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in Microsoft Word, the Microsoft Word template file must be used.
  • LaTeX: Manuscripts prepared in LaTeX must be collated into one ZIP folder (include all source files and images, so that the Editorial Office can recompile the submitted PDF). When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the LaTeX template files.
  • Poster:  The poster dimensions are set to 31” high by 56”  wide (80x142cm) and the layout is for use as a Two-Fold poster. Poster template you can download and use for your presentation
  • Abstract template: Please click here for your abstract. 
  • Supplementary files: May be any format, but it is recommended that you use common, non-proprietary formats where possible.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

This proceedings is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the proceedings will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.

Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage confidence in the proceedings, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining the integrity of the research and its presentation is supported by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include*:

The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one proceedings for simultaneous consideration. The submitted work should be original and should not have been published in any other form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work. (Please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the concerns about text-recycling (‘self-plagiarism’).

A single study should not be split into multiple parts to increase the number of submissions, and submitted to various proceedings or to one proceedings over time (i.e. ‘salami-slicing/publishing’).

Concurrent or secondary publication is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. Examples include: translations or a manuscript that is intended for a different group of readers.

Results should be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation (including image based manipulation). Authors should adhere to discipline-specific rules for acquiring, selecting and processing data.

No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (‘plagiarism’). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks (to indicate words taken from another source) are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions secured for material that is copyrighted.