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Instructions for authors

Inclusive scope. SpringerPlus accepts manuscripts from all disciplines of Science. We accept manuscripts describing original research as well as case descriptions and methods, and we expressly encourage submission of data reports and large datasets.

Open Access. Articles are published Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution License. This means easy compliance with the Open Access Policy of the 80+ institutions and 40+ funders all over the world who made open access to publications mandatory.

Easy submission. SpringerPlus does not have a restriction on the number of words or figures. Authors are welcomed to submit audio, video, large tables or data files as supplementary data. We do not require extensive formatting; we will accept the manuscript in any appropriate formatting already present. All articles will be published online-only and open access.

Rigorous peer review. All submissions will be peer reviewed, and our reviewers are asked to focus their attention to data presented in the article. Note that we will not reject a manuscript because it is out of scope or for its perceived importance, novelty or ability to attract citations: we will publish any study that is scientifically sound.

Clear and fast editorial process. Review and decision will be fast and our editorial policy is clear: we will either accept your manuscript for publication or not, our editors will not ask for additional research. Authors are encouraged to submit any available review reports for the submitted manuscripts that resulted from a previous submission as these may help the SpringerPlus review process.

Each article type published by SpringerPlus follows a specific format, as detailed in the corresponding instructions for authors; please choose an article type from the list on the left to view the instructions for authors.

The instructions for authors includes information about preparing a manuscript for submission to SpringerPlus, criteria for publication and the online submission process. Other relevant information about the journal's policies, the refereeing process and so on can be found in 'About this journal'.

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