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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 understand that the submission must follow the rules below or it will be rejected BEFORE it reaches peer-review.
  • I have followed the steps in the short video tutorial for submission.
  • I used the Google Docs template
  • I have read the Author Guidelines.
  • All of my citations are in the PLOS style/format in the paper. I also have a BibTex file of all my citations.
  • I have edited my paper for basic spelling, grammar and readability before you submitting it.
  • I must have editorial pre-approval for submissions over 10,000 words.
  • I have all permissions (in writing) to use any images/figures for which I do not personally own the copyright.
  • My submission includes a “Practical Implications” statement that indicates how the work is valuable an to which audience.
  • My submission includes a “Public Understanding” statement written in plain English.

Author Guidelines

In addition to the requirements for all submissions, we strongly suggest—but do not require—the following. A paper consisting only of written words ignores what we now know about the brain and learning. Imagery and structure can add significantly to your paper's readability and to public understanding of science. Thus, we suggest that you: (a) Use an abundance of high-quality images to re-communicate points made in text. (b) Use examples, metaphors, and rich-imagery to ground your more abstract, theoretical ideas. (c) If you need to explain something extremely technical, do so using whatever technical terminology (not jargon) is necessary. But, also consider adding a sentence that summarizes what you’re saying in simple terms as well. (d) Try to design headers so that reading them alone tells a stepwise story. Use the structure of the paper (headers and levels) to communicate your point. Ask yourself if reading through the headers of your paper follows a logical thread and tells the story. (e) Consider the importance of repetition and summarizing and use the 3-part 'tell 'em' structure: (1) tell ‘em what you're going to tell 'em (pre-summarize), (2) tell ‘em (rich detail and meat of paper), (3) tell ‘em what you told 'em (post summarize). 

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