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The table below provides guidance regarding the length and content of articles in each category. Please note that these are suggestions, not requirements.
Abstract word count
Main text word count
Tables and figures
Authors should submit articles in a single file. To ensure blind peer review, author names and affiliations should not be included in the article file. The article file should contain the following components in order.
Authors may thank individuals who contributed to the article but do not meet the criteria for authorship.
Articles based on work that received grant funding should list the funder and grant number, when applicable.
Declaration of competing interests
Authors must declare any competing interests. Please see a detailed explanation of competing interests in Editorial Policies. List competing interests individually by author initials. If no authors have competing interests, please state: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.
Include a sentence or a short paragraph briefly stating each author’s contributions to the article. List contributions by author initials.
PINS encourages authors to use an accessible writing style. Tips for maximizing clarity and readability include using:
Spelling and Grammar
Authors may use American or British rules as long as they are consistent throughout the submission.
In titles and first level headings, capitalize all words except articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions (e.g., in, and, on, before). In lower level headings, capitalize the first word and all proper nouns.
Headings and Subheadings
PINS does not require authors to use specific section headings or subheadings. However, articles should follow a logical flow and use headings to organize article content. Headings and subheadings should not exceed 75 characters.
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Spell out all acronyms and abbreviations at first use with the long form followed by the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses. Use the short form throughout the rest of the text. Do not include periods between letters.
Footnotes and Endnotes
Footnotes and endnotes should not be used in the text.
Numbers zero to nine should be written as words. Numbers 10 or higher should be written as numerals, except when the number is the first word of a sentence. Numbers less than one should be written as decimals with a zero preceding the decimal (e.g., 0.15).
Authors may use common symbols (e.g., %, $, >,<) in conjunction with numbers. En dashes may be used without spaces to indicate a range (e.g., 10-20). Symbols for units of measurement must align with https://www.bipm.org/en/publications/si-brochure. Authors should use single quotation marks except for quotes contained within another speech, which require double quotation marks.
Authors may use bold or italicized fonts, but not underlining, for emphasis.
Tables, figures, and text should be complimentary rather than repetitive. Authors should avoid repeating the same information in multiple formats.
Figures are graphs or diagrams. Figures must be labeled using Arabic numerals and cited in the main text where discussed (e.g., Figure 1). All figures must have a main title and short legend describing the image. Figures originally published elsewhere must contain a legend with relevant copyright information and permission statement regarding reproduction.
Tables must be created using a word processor table function. Tables must be labeled using Arabic numerals and cited in the main text where discussed (e.g., Table 1). Tables must have a main title and may contain a short legend. Tables should not include rotated text, color, images, vertical or diagonal lines.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions for reproducing any third-party content included in the submission or used in the research. If a method or tool is introduced (e.g., software, questionnaires, scales) the license or any requirements for permission for use should be stated in the text.
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.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms. If a submission is rejected or withdrawn prior to publication, all rights return to the author(s):
Note: some institutions require authors to seek written approval in relation to the terms of publication. Should this be required, authors can request a separate licence agreement document from the editorial team (e.g. authors who are Crown employees).
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