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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.
  • I, the submitting author, warrant that I am authorized by all co-authors to submit this version of the manuscript and to be their spokesperson during the review process and beyond.
  • I confirm that each of the manuscript’s authors meets all three of the following criteria: (1) has made a substantial contribution to the design of the study, the collection of the data, or the analysis or interpretation of the data; (2) has drafted the manuscript or helped revise it, shaping its intellectual content; (3) has approved of the submitted manuscript. Each author should be able to take public responsibility for a portion of the paper’s content and should be able to identify the co-authors who are responsible for the remaining material.
  • 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 manuscript adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Instructions for Authors, under Author Guidelines.
  • To facilitate the peer review process, I have provided a complete manuscript file in a Word Document file, with all tables, figures, legends, and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript, following the references.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • I confirm that I am willing to pay the journal's Article Processing Charges, once the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Author Guidelines

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work has not been published before, it is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and all co-authors have approved its submission. Any special circumstances should be explained in the cover letter submitted with the online submission.

Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from industry or other support that might bias the interpretation of the results.

The submitting author, also known as the corresponding author, will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence throughout the peer review and proofreading process. The corresponding author is responsible for securing the co-authors' initial approval of the submission and ensuring that the co-authors are informed of the manuscript’s progress following submission.  


Preparing Your Paper

Please make sure your manuscript is within 5,000 to 10,000 words. For submissions outside this range, please get in touch with the Co-Editors-in-Chief before submitting.

This step is essential to streamline the submission process and maintain consistency across all submissions.

To ensure a smooth submission process, please adhere to the following guidelines and provide the necessary documents in Word Files:

1. Title Page
• Please include all authors' details and statements of declarations as per the provided Title Page template.
• Ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information.

2. Anonymous or Unnamed Main Manuscript
• Please exclude author details.
• Omit tables and figures from the main manuscript.
• Ensure you utilise the provided Word template for your manuscript. 

3. Cover Letter to the Editor
• Please refer to the provided Cover Letter template and tailor it to address the specific requirements and scope of the journal.

4. Table File
• Please include all tables referenced in the main manuscript.
• Ensure tables are formatted correctly and clearly labelled.

5. Figure File
• Please include all figures referenced in the main manuscript.
• Ensure the figures are of high quality and clearly labelled.

6. Supplementary File (if applicable)
• Please include any supplementary materials that enhance the understanding or support the findings of the main manuscript.
• Clearly label the supplementary file and reference it appropriately in the main manuscript.

7. Use of APA 7th edition Formatting Guidelines
• Please adhere to the formatting guidelines stipulated in the APA 7th edition Manual for your layout, headings, sub-headings, citations, references, etc.
• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa

8.  Proofreading your paper
• Please ensure your manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar checked' 
• Should you feel that your English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scholarly English, you may consider accessing any of the  Language Editing services available to your university or AI-assisted technologies to improve readability and language (e.g., Grammarly )

9. Similarity check and AI-writing detection
• Please ensure your manuscript has been checked for similarity and AI detection before submission.
• You may access your university subscriptions for this purpose (e.g., Turnitin)

We appreciate your attention to detail and compliance with these submission requirements.


Article Processing Charges (APC)

Should you be interested in submitting your paper to ISS, please consider the following socialized Article Processing Charges (APC) according to the Country Economic Classification by the World Bank:

Country Classification According to the World Bank


(1st Author) 

Non-ISCPES Member APC (1st Author) 

A:  High-Income Economies

490 €

700 €

B - Upper Middle-Income Economies

350 €

500 €

C: Low Income and Lower-Middle Income Economies

280 €

400 €

Payments are due upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication. For multiple authors, the country of affiliation of the first author will be the basis of the APC. The fees for members and non-members differ because the provision for this publication is one of the benefits of the ISCPES members.  We also provide fee waivers to members of the ISS Editorial Board. For ISCPES membership applications, please refer to the Society's webpage

Withdrawal of an article during the peer-review process or after acceptance but before publication is a rare and serious occurrence. It does not align with best scientific practices and should only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances. Such situations may include:

  • The authors discovered significant errors in the manuscript that render the results invalid.
  • The authors cannot address the comments and feedback provided by the reviewers or editors.

If authors believe it necessary to withdraw an article, they should initiate contact with one of the Editors-in-Chief, providing a clear explanation of their decision to withdraw. The Editors-in-Chief may offer assistance in addressing any issues that have arisen and may help find alternatives to withdrawal.

It is important to note that the Article Processing Fee, which covers costs related to the withdrawal process and production expenses, is non-refundable if authors choose to withdraw an article after it has been accepted.

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