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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF 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 within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • A list of 3-5 potential reviewers for the submitted paper is provided; including their names, affiliation, and email addresses and state the reason for each suggestion (Colleagues within the same institution and co-authors within the last 5 years should not be included in the suggestions. The editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used).

Author Guidelines

For first submission, a single complete pdf file that includes all figures and tables is required. Upon acceptance, authors are advised to use the IJEMD_LATEX Macro Package to prepare their manuscripts using Latex, or the IJEMD_MW template for Microsoft Word users to help speed the task of formatting their manuscripts. The templates will be provided for authors upon acceptance of their manuscripts.


Manuscript Preparation

Your manuscript text file should begin with a title page that includes author affiliations and contact information, as well as an asterisk indicating the corresponding author. We recommend that each part begin with a related written introduction that explains the work’s context. It’s fine if there’s some overlap with the Abstract. Please do not include any references in the abstract and make sure it serves as both a general introduction to the subject and a quick, non-technical review of the important findings and their consequences.

 There are no special requirements for the major body of the text. Everything’s up to you to organize it in the method that works best for your research. In many circumstances, though, the following structure will suffice:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion (without subheadings)
  • Conclusion

The main body of content should then be followed by:

  • References (limited to 60 references, though not strictly enforced)
  • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • Author contributions (names must be given as initials)
  • Additional Information (including a Competing Interests Statement)
  • Figure legends (these are limited to 250 words per figure)
  • Tables (maximum size of one page)

You may combine the manuscript text and figures into a single file up to 3 MB in size for first submissions (not updated manuscripts). Figures can be included at appropriate points in the text or gathered at the conclusion. Supplementary data should be grouped together and sent as a single file, preferably in PDF format.


Your Methods section should be no longer than 1,500 words. Make sure it contains enough experimental and characterization data so that others can duplicate your findings. You ought to:

  • Include standard methods and experimental techniques in your description.
  • Only identify commercial reagents or instrumentation vendors if the source is important to the experiment’s success.
  • Identify sources for any kits you use in your procedures.
  • Include any experimental protocols that describe the synthesis of new compounds.
  • Use the systematic name of any new compound and put its bold Arabic numeral in the heading for the experimental protocol, indicating it thereafter by its assigned, bold numeral.
  • Describe the experimental protocol in detail, referring to amounts of reagents in parentheses, when possible (eg , ).
  • Use standard abbreviations for reagents and solvents.
  • Clearly identify safety hazards posed by reagents or protocols.
  • Report isolated mass and percent yields at the end of each protocol.

You must provide a statement of ethical approval in the Methods section if you’re reporting studies on live vertebrates (or higher invertebrates), humans, or human samples (see detail for further information on preparing these statements).

References and Citations

Your references are not copied and pasted. As a result, it’s critical that you format them appropriately, as they’ll be electronically linked to external databases whenever possible. The APA (American Psychological Association) style is used for reference list entry.  For full information on this style, see

For the in-text citation, references should be cited with reference numbers are given in brackets in the order of appearance in the paper text. Please observe the following guidelines: single citation [1],  two citations [1, 2], more than two citations [1-4].

As a result, double-check your references while formatting them:

  • Run sequentially (and are always numerical).
  • Sit within square brackets.
  • Only have one publication linked to each number.
  • Only include papers or datasets that have been published or accepted by a named publication, recognized preprint server or data repository (if you include any preprints of accepted papers in your reference list, make sure you submit them with the manuscript).
  • Include published conference abstracts and numbered patents, if you wish.
  • Don’t include grant details and acknowledgements.

In your reference list, you should:

  • Include all authors unless there are four or more, in which case only the first author should be given, followed by ‘et al.’.
  • Use Roman text for Article and dataset titles, with only the first word of the title having an initial capital and written exactly as it appears in the work cited, ending with a full stop.
  • Give the full page range (or article number), where appropriate.
  • Include the DOI in the reference if a journal article has a DOI.


We encourage authors to use Web of Science, Google Scholar, or the Scribbr's Citation Generator to automatically generate accurate references and in-text citations of their manuscripts. For more details and many more examples see the APA reference guidelines and examples. Some examples are given below:

  • Journal article
Reference list entry
Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019, July). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture8(3), 207–217.
  • Book
Reference list entry:
Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.
  • Conferences proceedings
Reference list entry
Duckworth, A. L., Quirk, A., Gallop, R., Hoyle, R. H., Kelly, D. R., & Matthews, M. D. (2019, November 4). Cognitive and noncognitive predictors of success. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences116(47), 23499–23504.


Please keep any acknowledgements brief, and don’t include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, or any effusive comments. You may acknowledge grant or contribution numbers. You should also acknowledge assistance from medical writers, proof-readers and editors.

Author Contributions:

You must supply an Author Contribution Statement as described in the author responsibilities section of our Editorial and Publishing policies.

Please be aware:

  • The author name you give as the corresponding author will be the main contact during the review process and should not change.
  • The information you provide in the submission system will be used as the source of truth when your paper is published.

Competing Interests:

You must provide a declaration of competing interests. You should include a declaration proclaiming that there is no conflict of interest. Your statement must be clear and concise, explaining any potential conflict of interest (or lack thereof) for EACH contributing author. When your work is published, the information you provide in the submission system will be used as the source of truth. 

Examples of declarations are:

The author(s) declare no competing interests.

Withdrawal Policy:

Author(s) can withdraw their manuscript within three days of submission without incurring any penalties. However, if they withdraw after the peer review process, during production, or after online publication, a withdrawal penalty will apply. On the approval of Withdrawal, a formal letter will be sent to the corresponding author by the IJEMD Editorial Office. According to the journal’s withdrawal policy, withdrawal charges are applicable in such cases.

Withdrawal charges: $250 US

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