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Author Guidelines

Read full details on the author guidelines found on the Submission Guidelines page.


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.

  1. I understand that this is an open-access journal with a sponsorship agreement with the publisher for the purpose of funding the article covering the post-acceptance article processing charge and possible Galley Change fees. I will adhere to all the terms and conditions as set out by AOSIS.
  2. I have ensured that my document complies with the manuscript formatting requirements of the journal, and as set out in the submission guidelines.
  3. I have inserted all references made to literature in my/our references section and cleared any copyright issues by written permission for the reproduction of any text/images/ figures/tables. Please read our policy permission to use copyright material.
  4. I have ensured that my document complies with the manuscript blinding requirements to conceal our identities and affiliations from the reviewers and upload this manuscript in Step 2. Additionally, I will upload an unblinded manuscript as a supplementary file in Step 4.
  5. I have completed and will upload the required documents, as set out in the compulsory forms page, and understand that my submission will be considered incomplete if these supporting documents are not uploaded directly on to the website at the time of manuscript submission. Incomplete submissions will not be put into the peer-review process until requirements are met.
  6. I take note and fully agree with all statements in the author declaration with regard to my/our submission.
  7. I agree to comply with the Publication Policies of AOSIS, as set out in the publication policies.
  8. Submission of manuscripts for consideration: Manuscripts that are incomplete (have absent or missing information) or do not comply with the instructions (absent or missing supplementary forms and files) will not be put into the peer-review process until requirements are met. Incomplete submissions will be removed from the system after 15 days and returned to the authors.  

Copyright Notice

We, the authors, agree to the terms of this Copyright and Licensing Notice, which will apply to this submission if and when it is published by this journal.


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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Processing Charges (APC): 1780.00 (ZAR)

Transparent communication: JCMSA is committed to transparency and will communicate openly with authors regarding the sponsorship/funding situation and any potential need for financial support. Authors will be informed of the journal's funding status at the time of article acceptance, and any requests for financial support will be clearly outlined, along with the rationale and details of the costs involved. For more information, visit our Publication Fee Policy outlined on JCMSA’s Publication Fees page.